Luke Shaw: We were not good enough

The Manchester United left back was speaking to TNT Sports after the 2-0 loss against West Ham United.
West Ham United v Manchester United - Premier League
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Luke Shaw gave a chilling yet relatable assessment on Manchester United’s display on Saturday in the 2-0 loss against West Ham United.

United have now failed to score in their last four games, as the pressure mounts once again on the Manchester United squad and boss Erik Ten Hag to turn things around. The takeaways from Saturday’s defeat did not look good at all, as United find themselves in 8th place and with a -5 goal difference at Christmas.

Speaking to TNT Sports, Shaw said:

"“It’s just not good enough really, we have to win games and that’s it. We keep losing games, losing points and we’re making it very hard for ourselves – especially that second half, it’s not good enough."

"First half, we controlled the game, I think we had chances again. If we score the first goal, maybe the result is different, but we don’t, so we suffered in that second half and, again, it’s not good enough.”"

Luke Shaw’s assessment on Saturday

The standards have well and truly dropped from last season. United have already suffered 13 losses before the turn of the year. The opportunity for a 14th is still possible ahead of the Boxing Day clash against the overachieving Aston Villa side, steered by Unai Emery this season.

Speaking on a more overall assessment of the side, the England international talked about standards:

“This is Manchester United, one of the biggest clubs in the world and it’s not good enough, what we’re doing, and the results that are coming, and we know that. We have to dig deep, we have to look ourselves in the mirror and question ourselves and go from there really.”

Red Devil Armada’s verdict:

One of the very few players during this torrid season who can hold their head high is Luke Shaw. His reflections on the current state of affairs are fairly relatable, yet the familiarity of it seems all too repetitive.

This is now United’s worst start to a season since 1930, which is grim reading from all angles. If fortunes are to be turned, the players must do better to gather the troops - especially the available senior players who seem to go into hiding by default.