Gary Lineker reacts to Man United’s 3-1 win at Crystal Palace
- Author: Stacy Allen Feb 28, 2019,
Feb 28, 2019, 0:42
Having reclaimed his starting place at Old Trafford, Shaw is on course to enjoy his finest season as a senior professional.
United made three changes in the first half against Liverpool at Old Trafford on Sunday as Ander Herrera, Juan Mata and substitute Jesse Lingard were all forced off in the crunch clash, meaning Marcus Rashford had to hobble through the rest of the match with a problem of his own.
Those four can be added to other absentees, Nemanja Matic, Anthony Martial, Phil Jones, Matteo Darmian and Antonio Valencia, while teenager Mason Greenwood is also unavailable for a game United need to win in order to return to the top-four in the Premier League.
Youngsters Angel Gomes, James Garner and Tahith Chong have had been drafted in to make up the numbers.
Said Solskjaer: "Everything that could have gone wrong in the first half went wrong".
"I get there has been a few too many draws in the last couple of games but, still, we are where we are so let's go on".
Jurgen Klopp claimed that the loss of rhythm in the game due to first half injuries had made life hard for his team and the officials added four minutes of injury time in the first half without any major incidents, it told you all you needed to go. If it was a cup tie they'd be accused of playing a weakened team. Maybe Southampton [on Saturday], but we're not going to risk another one.
He has bagged only four times in his last 19 Premier League games and under caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has found himself second choice.
"And the players have woken up a bit and started to smell the coffee and realise that they're Manchester United and the way they were going isn't quite good enough". He's still got a lot of players to get rid of and he has to bring new blood in.
"Or do we start now and show them what the demands of intensity, on how we want to play?"
The result has left Man Utd sitting fifth in the table - one point behind fourth-placed Arsenal - so Solskjaer will be desperate to come away with a win in order to boost their chances of qualifying for the Champions League next season.
"I don't want to see excuses from my players about tiredness, fixtures, schedules, the number of games".