Shaw insists the Reds must respond
The resurgent Luke Shaw is calling for Manchester United to build on Monday's 'outstanding' first-half performance against Tottenham Hotspur and bounce back from the eventual defeat when travelling to Burnley at the weekend.
Shaw, who was named Man of the Match for the Reds against Leicester City in the season opener, arguably topped that performance last night after an impressive display at left-back, despite the team's disappointing result. The 22-year-old was impressive when attacking against fellow countryman Kieran Trippier and could not be faulted for any of Tottenham’s goals.
Luke spoke to MUTV after the match and echoed Jose Mourinho’s post-match comments by insisting the Reds were unlucky to lose.
"You look at the first half and I think we were outstanding,” he said. “We had a lot of chances to put the game to bed. Of the chances we had, [we should have scored] maybe one or two, then for me it would have been 'game over'.
“We spoke at half-time and Jose [Mourinho] said they hadn't had one corner, one cross or one dangerous opportunity. Then, from their first corner in the second half they had a goal, but even then we should have been relaxed because it was only one goal and we still had a lot of time. But then came another mistake, another silly, stupid goal. We were so on top and it is just really disappointing, everyone in the dressing room is really sad, especially after the first half we had.”
When asked about his own personal display, Shaw modestly admitted it was all about the team’s performance and he commented on the positive team spirit the side has.
"Personally, I don't really care about my performance, I care more about the result and the team,” he said. “It is a sad night for us, we have got to pick ourselves back up, keep working hard and we need to pick up points after two losses. We need to win and win in a good way. We played really well in the first half and if we keep playing like that, and take our chances, then we will win games.
“You see a lot of things in the media that go on about what our dressing room is like, but we have a really good spirit, a really good group of lads who want to work and achieve big things here. We have a group of hard workers and amazing talents, everywhere you look on the field. We have got to start taking our chances and I am sure we will start winning games."
Shaw went on to apologise to the ‘amazing’ fans and insisted that the Reds will be better next weekend and look to bounce back as we make the short trip up to Turf Moor to face Burnley.
“A big thank you goes to the fans for the way they supported us, even when we were down 3-0. It was amazing,” he continued.
“At the final whistle, the way they clapped the team was really respectful and that was nice for us as players to receive after a disappointing result. To the fans that came out tonight, we are sorry and we will be better next week, we will improve, we will keep working hard."
“It is early in the season, we have got a lot of games to come and we have got to get points. Tonight's result wasn't good enough. I am sorry to the fans, not just the ones here but those at home that watched and supported us, but we will look at that over the next week and bounce back against Burnley," he concluded.