By Keith Hackett

9th Nov, 2021 | 6:30am

Ex-Premier League referee: Man United have made unforgivable Shaw error as update emerges

Luke Shaw should have been substituted by Man United as soon as he suffered a head injury in their 2-0 loss to Man City, according to Keith Hackett.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Fifa and Premier League referee delivered his verdict after Man United eventually used their concussion substitution to replace Shaw.

The defender came off worse after an aerial challenge with Rodri and was assessed on the pitch by physios.

After playing on for five minutes, the England star was replaced by Alex Telles as a concussion substitute.

According to FA protocol, he should have been substituted immediately.

The club updated yesterday (November 8) to say Shaw will be assessed before being released for England duty.

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“Luke Shaw clearly had a head injury,” Hackett told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

“The FA’s procedure is quite clear. It says if there’s a suspicion or suspected concussion the player has got to be taken off immediately.

“It then says there must be no return to play on the day of a suspected concussion.

“OK, we’re dealing with the very elite level of the game so there are medical teams making those assessments at the highest level. But I always worry about the influence of the position of the match and the player himself and the pressure that comes from the club wanting to play the player. There’s the dilemma.

“You must always take the player’s safety into regard. It’s very evident that football is beginning to recognise, and the FA have certainly recognised by producing this concussion procedure.

“There is a level in disappointment within me that says, look, the safeguarding of that player has to be the priority.”

In other news, Kieran Maguire has revealed whether Ed Woodward could land a new Man United role as Glazers ‘reward’.