Speaking after United’s 3-0 win over Nottingham Forest, Ten Hag said: “I think you always question yourself after a break. What will be the restart and we play a team – especially the back four.
“They never played together and a player who never played ever in a center-back position (Shaw). And if you win three, concede no goal, another clean sheet, then you are happy with the performance.
“Rapha shows once again his great personality, the great standard he is giving Manchester United by coming from the World Cup. A problem in the centre half position and he took the responsibility to play and he performed really well and he was once again really important for our team.
“I work in the rules and we are quite strict on keeping the rules, controlling the rules and if everyone is doing the job then you concede less goals, the organisation is right, it’s always the base, the platform for winning games.”
Shaw started at centre-back alongside Varane for the first time as United recorded a sixth clean sheet in 15 Premier League games.
United have only sieved four goals at Old Trafford in the league; all of them coming in their first three home matches. They face Wolves on Saturday.