United Briefing: Luke's Europa League target
Manchester United full-back Luke Shaw says focus must now turn to Europa League success, following the 0-0 draw with Leeds on Sunday.
Shaw was once again one of the standout performers for the Reds when we drew 0-0 with the Whites on Sunday. The left-back was a constant threat offensively, dribbling past opponents and whipping in several dangerous set-pieces. Defensively, United dealt with the few chances the home side created and kept a 13th clean sheet of the Premier League season.
Although the Reds' impressive streak of away matches without defeat in the league has now reached 24 in a row, Luke was, understandably, disappointed to only come away with one point on Sunday after our dominance.
Speaking to MUTV, our no. 23 shared his thoughts on a hard-fought battle at Elland Road.
“I think they changed the way they play a little bit,” Luke said about our opponents, before referring back to our 6-2 triumph over Marcelo Bielsa's men last December.
“I think when they came to Old Trafford, they were pressing much more higher, more aggressive and I think maybe they knew they played into our hands last time, so they were a bit more cautious this time. But I still feel like we should have won the game.”
The 25-year-old went on to describe that he felt it was two points dropped rather than a point gained following the goalless stalemate, believing the Reds' quality should have been enough to secure a win on our first league trip to Elland Road in 18 years.
“A Man United side like us, we need to be winning today,” our defender told MUTV's reporter Stewart Gardner.
“That split second, that quality... I think we got that in abundance in our team. We should be taking the chances that we had today. We have to move on. It’s a very important game on Thursday that we need to win. That's the main focus now.”
The draw was not the result we were looking for against Marcelo Bielsa's hard-working team but it ensured that our unbeaten run on away soil now is the second longest in Premier League history, with 24 matches. Only Arsenal has had a better run, with 27 away matches without defeat in a row between April 2003 and September 2004.
“Of course, it’s a very good record,” the England international said, before emphasising that United should have earned more points at Old Trafford this season.
“It’s one, I’ll be honest, we don’t look too much into it. That’s been a positive, our away record, but our home record hasn’t been good and we know that we need to be much better at home and get much better results. It’s a good record but it doesn’t really count to anything when we are where we are in the league.
“We've got the Europa League and we've got to win that. That should be our main focus, for the game on Thursday.”
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WHAT'S HAPPENING TODAY?
We start the week off by releasing a very special episode of the UTD Podcast. None other than Ruud van Nistelrooy is in the guest seat for the latest edition of our official club podcast. There, he recalls his delayed move to United, the rivalry between the Reds and Arsenal in the early 2000s, as well as plenty more interesting stories. The podcast is available from 17:00 BST on all major podcast streaming platforms.
As well, we will have more reaction and content from our draw with Leeds and a round-up of what's in store for United over the next seven days as we welcome both Roma and Liverpool to the Theatre of Dreams.
WHAT HAPPENED YESTERDAY?
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's team played out a 0-0 draw with rivals Leeds.