The Manchester Evening News has reported that England U21 manager Gareth Southgate has revealed that Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has backed Luke Shaw’s call up for the U21’s for their crunch play-off game with Croatia on Friday 10th October with the return leg on Tuesday 14th October. After Shaw’s horror start to his Manchester United career with injury, he has come back with some decent performance at left-back and defiantly deserves his call up.
After worrying Manchester United’s supporters at the weekend when Shaw was substituted during the 2-1 victory over Everton with what seemed like a knee injury, but Shaw was quick to state that is was more a precaution than an actual injury, revealing that he had a dead knee. Speaking to the Manchester Evening News, Southgate said:
“I just know from the conversation with Luke that he (Van Gaal) was really positive about him coming and playing first and foremost – playing matches.
“It’s brilliant for him to have the humility to recognise that and be prepared to do it. It’s also great for us.
“Our group of players now can talk to him about the difference between playing for a club like Southampton, which is a great grounding for any young player, and the expectation level and the different quality when you go to a club like Manchester United.
“They have that informal mixing with him all week where he can let them know exactly what (Angel) Di Maria and (Radamel) Falcao and Wayne Rooney do in training.
“It’s not just something where we’ve thought, ‘We’ll make this squad as strong as we possibly can.’ We’re thinking about the individuals. What’s the right experience for them?
“In my view the first team always comes first and then the experience of the individual after that.”