Shaw went into the international break with a groin problem and was left out of England’s win over Slovenia in their 2016 European Championships qualifier at Wembley but came back into the side to face Scotland.
The 19-year-old endured a rough game and had to get treatment on the pitch at one stage but despite feeling his hamstring going into half-time, Shaw told Roy Hodgson he was able to play on. He wasn’t and had to be replaced during the second half.
Hodgson should have managed Shaw better in that a 19-year-old is never going to tell his manager he isn’t fit enough for the second half in a charged game like Scotland away.
However, the brunt of the responsibility lies with Shaw. Instead of being caught up in the situation, Shaw should have removed himself at half-time. It may have been England vs Scotland but ultimately it was a friendly. Having the ability to remove yourself from a situation and think objectively may not come naturally to all players but in this situation, Shaw needed to have an awareness of what could happen if he continued playing.
As a consequence of Shaw playing on, United now face having another important player missing against Arsenal. Hopefully it isn’t the case and Shaw is able to start on Saturday but if he doesn’t, it would have been for an annoyingly avoidable reason which would be frustrating.