‘We need a long hard look at ourselves’: Luke Shaw laments Manchester United’s mistakes in ’embarrassing’ 6-1 defeat to Tottenham at Old Trafford
Luke Shaw admitted he was embarrassed by Manchester United’s thrashing at the hands of Tottenham, and suggested that some of his team-mates may have given up during the debacle.
United had Anthony Martial sent off in the first half and Shaw could easily have followed for a challenge on Lucas Moura that was punished by a yellow card.
Shaw said: ‘Manchester United shouldn’t lose in this manner. It really hurts. It’s embarrassing and we’ve let a lot of people down. We’ve let ourselves down and the staff down.
Luke Shaw says Manchester United need to take a look at themselves after their 6-1 defeat
‘When we went down to 10 men maybe we gave up, there wasn’t that character on the pitch. We were too quiet and naive. There were many mistakes and we need to do more.
‘It was a lack of concentration and then a mistake, another mistake, another mistake. We switched off.
‘I was embarrassed on the pitch. We need to take a long hard look at ourselves. We are nowhere near it at the moment. Maybe it’s lucky that we’ve got a break now.’
And club legends Patrice Evra and Gary Neville tore into United on Sky Sports.
Shaw described United’s performance against Tottenham on Sunday as ’embarrassing’
‘I understand the pain of all United fans, none of this team deserve to play right now,’ said Evra.
‘It’s a catastrophe. My advice to any fan now is to buy a PlayStation, buy a player like Sancho or even Messi and start playing because this is a disaster.
‘I love my club but it’s a shambles, Every time with transfers they don’t go with the right price. It’s like I’m going to buy a car, I know the price but I’m asking for less.
United’s defeat made it clear that there is much work for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side to do
‘What is going on with my club? It’s difficult to break a man like me, I’m positive. I don’t promote violence but many people need a good slap in this club right now. That’s what I’d do if I was working at the club.’
Neville added: ‘There is no excuse for those 11 players who were out on that pitch today, they were absolutely pathetic. Their body language was terrible, it was spiritless and spineless.
‘You’ve got a squad that lacks resilience and know-how to win games, the off-the-pitch stuff with Harry Maguire and Mason Greenwood, the darkness surrounding recruitment and not getting players when Liverpool, Manchester City, Chelsea and Tottenham are signing players.’