Manchester United news: ‘We’re to blame, not Jose Mourinho’ insists Man United defender Luke Shaw

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LUKE SHAW slated Manchester United’s display at  West Ham on Saturday — branding it as “honestly horrendous”.


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But the Red Devils left-back insists the players were to blame for their shock 3-1 defeat, not under-fire boss Jose Mourinho.


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Luke Shaw insists Manchester United players are to blame for their shocking form and not the boss
Luke Shaw insists Manchester United players are to blame for their shocking form and not the boss
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Pressure is mounting on Jose Mourinho after the abysmal defeat at West Ham
Pressure is mounting on Jose Mourinho after the abysmal defeat at West Ham
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And Shaw says his team-mates must take a long hard look at themselves as they face up to United’s worst start to a season since 1989.

He blasted: “If you want the truth, I think it was honestly horrendous. We didn’t look like a team that was going to beat West Ham. Individually and as a team we were awful.

“It’s hard to take and we’re sorry to the fans for what they saw.  It was not good enough from a Man United team with all the talent we have. From the first minute you could see we weren’t winning the second balls and our duels. That shouldn’t be happening.


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“Games like that we should be dominating. Creating chances, showing people why we deserve to play for Man United — and that didn’t happen. It was very poor.”

The defeat at West Ham ensured it was Uniteds worst start to a season for 29 years
The defeat at West Ham ensured it was United’s worst start to a season for 29 years
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Full-back Luke Shaw admitted Uniteds performance was horrendous
Full-back Luke Shaw admitted United’s performance was ‘horrendous’
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Felipe Anderson and Marko Arnautovic were on the target for West Ham, with Victor Lindelof also netting an own goal.

The Hammers horror show cranked up the pressure on Mourinho, whose team have now lost three of their seven Premier League matches so far.


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It means United, who finished second last term, have just nine points — and are nearer to the bottom of the table than top.

Mourinho’s flops were also dumped out of the Carabao Cup on penalties last week by Championship club Derby.


And Shaw, 23, admitted: “We have to look at ourselves as players. We’re the ones who go on the pitch. The manager isn’t on the pitch, is he?

“He’s there to put a team out that he thinks can win the game. You look at our team and we had a very strong team. No excuses. As players we weren’t good enough at the London Stadium.”

Moody Mourinho answered just THREE questions during his post-match press conference on Saturday.

When asked what he said to his players in the dressing room, Shaw revealed: “We didn’t speak too much. Obviously at half-time there were a few words — and I think it was needed.

“It was wake-up call and words that he’s said before. We needed to be moving, to concentrate more, to want the ball.  But that just didn’t happen.”