Luke Shaw says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is NOT responsible for Manchester United’s woes over Liverpool loss
‘I wasn’t good enough, I need to be better…this result was coming’: Luke Shaw says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is NOT responsible for Man United’s woes and condemns ‘easy-to-play’ stars – including himself !
- Manchester United suffered a humiliating defeat to Liverpool at home
- Luke Shaw was exposed to a three-on-one situation for Naby Keita’s opener
- Shaw also got confused with Harry Maguire ahead of Diogo Jota’s tap in
- And the left-back insists it’s the players, not Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Luke Shaw is the staunch defense of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and insists he and his Manchester United team-mates are responsible for their current malaise.
The Red Devils suffered their third loss of the Premier League season after a hat-trick from Mohamed Salah that inspired Liverpool to a thumping 5-0 win over Old Trafford.
The humiliating result – which left United seventh in the league table with no league win since September 19 – increased the pressure on Solskjaer even more.
Luke Shaw insists Man United players, not boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, are to blame
Shaw (left) and his teammates suffered a humiliating defeat to Liverpool at Old Trafford
Naby Keita’s opener saw Shaw exposed to a three-on-one situation, before a substitution with centre-back Harry Maguire led to Diogo Jota’s tap-in eight minutes later.
And England left-back Shaw insists it’s for those reasons that criticism of his performance and that of his team-mates should be leveled, insisting they were ‘too easy to play on’.
Asked about his thoughts on the game, Shaw told Stadium Astro: “Not good enough. I know of course that this is a team sport, but as individuals we have to be responsible for some achievements.
‘That’s why I’m here now, I don’t hide there and don’t speak, I came out and I’ll say I wasn’t good enough. I speak for myself, not for the team.
The result increased pressure on boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
“I am responsible for my performance, it was not good enough. I’m not here to talk about the team, we know we can do better, but for me I also need to be better than I was today.
“That’s why I came here to talk to you and tell you what it’s like. It is ourselves that we must first and foremost look in the mirror. Are we doing everything right and are we preparing well for the games within ourselves?
“We have the tactics and how the manager wants us to play. Sometimes we are too easy to play against.
“If you look at the first goal, it can’t be that they can run three in the first five minutes. We have to be more compact, we have to be better.’
The result came just days after United trailed 2-0 against Atalanta to win 3-2 at Old Trafford, with Cristiano Ronaldo bagging yet another winner.
Shaw got confused with Harry Maguire leading up to Diogo Jota’s goal in the 13th minute
The Portuguese repeated the exploits against Villarreal in midweek against the Italian side last month, but Shaw hinted that the dressing room knew they were not at their best in those matches.
“This result was coming,” Shaw added. “In previous games where we won, we were not at our best. We felt that in the dressing room and today we have to think and we have to leave this because it hurts.
“I think we all know we can play well when we’re at our best. It’s not just a team, it’s individuals who aren’t at their best. I, myself, am not me. I need to look at myself, see what I’m doing wrong and focus on that.
“Sometimes in the game we’re way too easy to play against, not just today, but it’s been some games now where it happened little by little and we can feel that in every game.
“It happened today and against a great team like Liverpool they are going to punish us and they did.”
But Shaw insists his side is “too easy to play through” and said their performances should be scrutinized first
However, Shaw’s comments – which came as Cristiano Ronaldo sent out a rallying cry to his team-mates on social media following their humble loss – have done little to put an end to speculation about Solskjaer’s future in the Old Trafford hot seat.
The Norwegian has been inculcated as the bookmakers’ favorite to become the next Premier League manager to be sacked, becoming the 1/6th favorite by Betfair to get his march orders next.
But if he is replaced, former United right-back Gary Neville has urged the club not to sign former Chelsea and Inter Milan boss Antonio Conte.
The Sky Sports pundit believes the Italian – who won the Premier League with the Blues and Serie A with Inter last season – is ‘not the right fit’.
Shaw insists their comeback wins against Atalanta meant a result like this ‘came’