Luke Shaw forced off pitch with head injury against City moments after medics allowed Man Utd star to continue

LUKE SHAW was forced off with an apparent concussion after suffering a blow to the head but only after Manchester United medics gave him the all-clear to carry on.

The defender, 26, came off second best in an aerial challenge with Manchester City star Rodri, who appeared to elbow the back of Shaw's head.


Physios attended to Shaw for around two minutes, going through their necessary concussion checks before taking him to the side of the pitch.

The England star was then waved back onto the pitch by the referee but lasted just five minutes before he sat back down on the turf clutching his head.

His captain Harry Maguire came to his aid but it was clear the England star was unable to continue.

Manchester United made use of a 'concussion substitution' to take him off.

In accordance with FA regulations he should have been substituted straight away.

Instead, the United staff allowed the left-back to continue.

And it was only when Shaw went down a few minutes later that Alex Telles was readied as his substitute.

Many watching at home were shocked at what was unfolding, and condemned United for allowing Shaw to continue.

One fan wrote on Twitter: "How the hell has it taken this long for Luke Shaw to be subbed off after that impact to his head???

"Honestly you’re down two goals with 20ish mins (left), just sub the man."

Another added: "Ah, good to see Premier League teams still have no clue how to use a concussion sub.

"Shaw gets a head injury, brief assessment, plays on, then decides he can’t continue. Christ. Take him off straight away."

A third said: "Pure negligence not taking Luke Shaw of then and there.

"Either you care about head injuries, or you don't. The FA can't have this both ways."

The FA introduced concussion substitutes last season to prevent incidents like this from occurring.

Alan Shearer has been vocal in his support of the substitutes as it fits FA's policy of "if in doubt, sit them out".

A similar incident occurred last season when Sheffield United delayed taking off George Baldock after he suffered a concussion during a match against Leeds.

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