April 20, 2021

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Manchester United explain Luke Shaw half-time substitution

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Luke Shaw is expected to start for Manchester United against Tottenham on Sunday despite his half-time removal against Granada.

Shaw, who was booked in the first-half of United’s 2-0 win in their Europa League quarter-final first leg, was replaced by Alex Telles at the pause and the Manchester Evening News understands Shaw was not injured.

The Portuguese referee Artur Dias booked five United players and Shaw, Scott McTominay and Harry Maguire are suspended for the second leg against Granada at Old Trafford next week. Paul Pogba was withdrawn in the second-half after a sixth-minute booking and his replacement, Nemanja Matic, was also cautioned.

Solskjaer is optimistic Marcus Rashford will be available at Spurs after he scored his 20th goal of the season for United. Rashford came off after 65 minutes as he continues to nurse an ankle injury.

“I had to protect Luke but I think and hope he should be okay for the weekend,” Solskjaer said. “Marcus: fantastic goal, great pass by Victor [Lindelof], great run, the skill to take it down like this, we’ve seen it a few times before and that’s a top, top quality goal.


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“It was an important goal, the second one there, because a 1-0 lead, losing three players is not a good position to be in. I don’t think we deserved those five yellow cards or however many we got, but that’s happened. Delighted with the result, of course.

“It’s the same thing as before [with Rashford]. He’s not recovered from it and hopefully it’s not gotten any worse from this, because he lasted 70 against Brighton, 65 now, so hopefully he’s ready. I think he should be ready for Sunday and the goal is exceptional.

“Marcus is someone we have to protect but he was ready and he was vital for us today.”

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