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Luke Shaw gives explosive post-match interview taking aim at teammates and manager

Luke Shaw gives an explosive post-match interview as he takes aim at his fellow teammates and manager Ralf Rangnick after Wolves’ win.

Joao Moutinho’s late goal steered Wolves to victory with Bruno Fernandes and Romain Saiss both hitting the crossbar in the second half while Phil Jones started his first Man Utd game in two years, only to see Ralf Rangnick lose his first game in interim charge.

The defeat leaves the Red Devils​ side in seventh place, four points behind fourth-placed Arsenal who occupy the final Champions League spot.

And speaking after their home defeat, Shaw questioned the mentality within the squad and said that he doesn’t think all the players were there ‘together’ during the match in a worrying claim.

He also appeared to aim a slight dig at Rangnick in the damning interview, but did praise the defensive display of Phil Jones, who was making his first appearance for the club since January 2020.

After another poor performance, United defender Shaw gave his scathing view to Sky Sports’ Patrick Davison, questioning the intensity and motivation of his team-mates.

He said: “Not good enough. We really struggled in the first half, we couldn’t get hold of the ball and didn’t have many options. When we didn’t have the ball we weren’t aggressive enough and weren’t on the front foot. We didn’t put them under any pressure.

“It maybe looked like an easy game for them first half. A very disappointing performance but also result.

“It didn’t feel like we had many options on the ball in the first half, we weren’t on the front foot. We’re at home, our crowd behind us, we have to put more pressure on them, we have to have intensity.

“Even from the first minute, we didn’t go for them, didn’t pressure them, we let them feel at home and comfortable. That time is critical when you have to put your stamp on the game. We need to bring the intensity, especially with 75,000 fans roaring behind us.

“I don’t think you can put it on [adjusting to a new manager]. Us players, we have been here a long time, we know what it’s like when we have the intensity – when the motivation’s there. But maybe tonight we struggled, I didn’t think we were all there together.

“We felt like we were struggling. You look at the players we have, we have unbelievable quality but sometimes quality is not enough.

“We need to bring the intensity and more motivation. Inside the dressing room, we know what we want but out on the pitch, we need to give 100 per cent. To win these types of games we all need to be 100 per cent committed. It is tough and disappointing.”

“One thing I will say is Phil Jones should be proud of himself,” Shaw added. “He has been criticised for years, constantly, people are always getting at him, and has gone through a lot.

“But he is so professional, he has trained hard and he was phenomenal. It was his first big game back, he was exceptional, I am very happy for him and he deserves it.

“I just want to say for Phil Jones, keep going, but we need to be better as a team.”

Player ratings

Man Utd: De Gea (7), Wan-Bissaka (6), Varane (7), Jones (7), Shaw (7), McTominay (6), Matic (6), Greenwood (7), Sancho (6), Ronaldo (6), Cavani (5).

Subs used: Fernandes (7), Rashford (5), Elanga (n/a).

Wolves: Sa (7), Semedo (7), Saiss (7), Kilman (6), Coady (7), Marcal (7), Moutinho (7), Neves (7), Trincao (6), Jimenez (7), Podence (8).

Subs used: Traore (7), Silva (n/a), Dendoncker (n/a).

Man of the match: Daniel Podence.

Man Utd interim manager Ralf Rangnick: “We didn’t play well at all, neither individually nor collectively. In the first half, we had big problems to keep them away from our box and our goals.

“In the second half, we changed to a different formation with a back three. We had more control and there was a spell of 15 minutes where we could have scored, we hit the crossbar.

“The goal we conceded was one of too many this season where Moutinho could shoot completely unmarked, with no problems or pressure at all. Therefore, we are very disappointed about the result, but also about parts of our performance.

“They were playing with almost four or five central midfielders and we had problems controlling that part of the pitch. Whenever they tried to release one of their wing-backs, we were also struggling.

“That’s why we decided to change our formation. We had more control in the second half, they didn’t have that many chances as they did in the first half. But we missed our chances to score and we have to admit that they deserved to win.

“Wolves were the best team we have played, collectively and individually, and we had more problems today than in other games.

“We didn’t press at all. We tried after 10 or 15 minutes, but we were not able to get into those pressing situations because Wolves did that well. They had an overload in the centre of midfield and whenever we were trying to tackle them in those areas, they played via their wing-backs.

“So far, we had the results and at times played well, but today we have to admit they were better than us.

“I don’t want to speak about the individual performances of players. This is an issue of the whole team. We can only improve the team if we get better collectively.”

Wolves manager Bruno Lage: “It’s one more victory. It’s a lovely stadium, a place with a lot of history, but the most important thing is the way we played this game against this team.

“I think we prepared well for the game and I give a lot of compliments to my players to come here and play in our way.

“The first half was very good, we controlled everything, we created a lot of chances and didn’t score. Second half, they adapted and changed the system. Afterwards, we changed some guys and they helped us to win this game.

“Even now with three points and one goal, we had more chances than goals so we need to continue to work.

“The most important thing for us is to see where the full-backs are, which position they start in. [It is important] to find the spaces. When they’re defending or attacking, where they are… In the first half, the space was outside. That’s why Semedo and Marcal had a lot of chances, a lot of the ball, and the boys found those spaces.

“The players understood the plan and I think we deserved the three points.

“I never thought about that [the luck not going with Wolves]. Every time, I’m positive and that’s why every time, I come to try and win the games. This is football, they have one good chance for Bruno and we had one with Saiss.

“We won, it’s good for us. The first time Wolves have won here [in the Premier League] so it’s important for us and now we move on, day by day and game by game.”

Twitter users reacted as Luke Shaw gives an explosive post-match interview as he takes aim at teammates and manager…

@LukeCurtisKnox: Class interview. Looked like he desperately wanted to out the players not pulling their weight.

@AC_Tonali: Couple times looked like he wanted say names. I think he hinted at it when he said the lines about quality we have too many players already made it in the game with no hunger either looking for a last pay out or final chapter. We need hungry players ready to fight and drive.

@Shotty101: Should just say what’s the point of the two old age pensioners up top and why haven’t we got a midfield

@ManxTony: There are too many players looking around and thinking “so who’s going to step up today” instead of being proactive and stepping up themselves… No leadership on the field.

@Yorky2860: 2 years out and gets a game winning assist, chuffed for Jones

@EugeneEgg1: Fair play for the honest interview. Tactics, fitness, physicality etc. all contribute to good performances, of course, but above all at that level confidence is MASSIVE. These players look scared, deflated, and isolated even in interviews let alone on the pitch.

@OddsOnFPL: Respect for the shout out to Phil Jones

@ShubMacher: Too many ‘passenger players’ @ManUtd. A result of signing players for ridiculous contracts and we are still substantially below par @premierleague and are definitely going backwards as opposed to forwards!

@DomMooney1: Great and honest interview. A lot of hate for Shaw here from some – he made 2 fantastic challenges in the 6 yard box or it would have been 3. He’s far from the United problem.

@craigtw91: Body language again. We need stop keep saying same things we know these problems keep coming up! It’s time to react we lose ball fight back run back!!

@PhilLines13: Bravo for actually saying 75% of what you wanted to. Even though you will get hammered for it internally. So much better viewing than someone banging on about the usual post match references

@realsibroadley: This a joke? Intensity? Aggressiveness? Everything he has lacked this season?!?!?! Easy to talk about others, needs to look in the mirror & realise he’s a part of the problem & a part of the changing room make a change don’t just whinge

@iron_manikin: Hes not wrong. That performance was a massive insult to every football fan in the world. Some of the best paid players in the world. Sky getting paid bags of money, players getting paid bags of money and the football fan getting screwed,footing the bill, for that crap. Had enough

@TomReardon16: Luke Shaw is part of the problem, though not by his own admission – he’s had 6 good months in 8 seasons and yet is on £150k a week. By comparison, Andy Robertson has won a PL and a Champions League and is on £50k a week – who at United is signing off on these ridiculous wages.

@PeterConwell: Shaw has been awful all season but a very honest interview, so fair play. Odd for him to suggest we’re not playing as a team though, clearly something isn’t quite right within this group of players. History repeating itself really init. #MUFC

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