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Luke Shaw reflects on handball mistake while also blaming Man Utd teammates over Brighton defeat

Luke Shaw reflects on the costly handball mistake and also blames his fellow Man Utd teammates over the 1-0 defeat at Brighton on Thursday.

Manchester United suffered a dent to their Champions League hopes when Brighton were gifted a penalty in the 99th minute.

Alexis Mac Allister netted the only goal of the game deep into the injury time at Amex Stadium to end a dramatic Premier League clash between the two sides.

United, who sit in the final Champions League qualifying spot, are four points ahead of Liverpool in fifth place. However, Ten Hag’s side have a game in hand.

Brighton deserved the win after being relentless in their approach, and it was only seconds before the final whistle that Luke Shaw was penalised for handling after VAR looked into the incident.

Their celebrations after the final whistle were a stark contrast to the devastation of their FA Cup semi-final loss on penalties at Wembley, less than two weeks earlier.

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Brighton: Steele (8), Caicedo (8), Webster (8), Dunk (7), Estupinan (8), Gilmour (6), Mac Allister (8), Buonanotte (7), Enciso (8), Mitoma (8), Welbeck (7).

Subs: March (7), Undav (5), Colwill (6).

Man United: De Gea (8), Dalot (6), Shaw (7), Lindelof (6), Wan-Bissaka (5), Fred (6), Casemiro (6), Rashford (6), Fernandes (6), Antony (6), Martial (5).

Subs: Sabitzer (5), Sancho (6), Weghorst (n/a).

Player of the match: Moises Caicedo

Brighton goalkeeper Jason Steele, speaking to Sky Sports: “That was special. It was a big night for us. We played really well. It was two good teams going toe to toe, really enjoyable to play in.

“It wasn’t about revenge or anything like that. Did we have a little bit extra motivation? Yes probably but I don’t think it spilled over into anymore than that and I think we deserved to win.

“Massive. It is a big three points for us.”

Brighton goalscorer Alexis Mac Allister speaking to Sky Sports:

“It was similar to Wembley, to be honest. We did everything to win the game but we couldn’t score our chances.

On taking the penalty: “They know I like to have that opportunity to score. Of course I was a little bit nervous. I’m very happy every time I have an opportunity to score a goal, so I’m very happy for the team.

“It’s easy to play in this team. The way we play is very nice, my team-mates are fantastic. It’s down to them as well. I’m really pleased to play with them and they help me to be a better player every day.

“To be honest, after the World Cup it was a little bit difficult to play straight away. We didn’t have the time to celebrate properly. But it is what it is.”

Brighton boss Roberto de Zerbi, speaking to Sky Sports: “Really happy and delighted for the performance and result.

“There is a God of football. We deserved to win the semi-final but lost on penalties but today we won with a penalty.

“In both games I think we played better than United. The last result was unfair.”

On the penalty: “It was a very tough moment. I preferred not to see!”

On tonight’s game: “We played a fantastic game, we dominated the game. My players deserved to win.

“We are to play another six games, six very tough games. Monday we play the first tough game against Everton and we have to win. If we don’t win against them we will lose these three points”

Manchester United defender Luke Shaw, speaking to Sky Sports: “Last minute, last action really. I got a little nudge but of course the hand shouldn’t be there. I own up to it, take it on the chin, it cost us the game but it is tough.

“I can’t even explain why my hand is up there. I got a nudge, maybe that helps with my hand going up but it shouldn’t be there.

“Even before the corner the free kick was never a foul. I am not looking for excuses, but it shouldn’t have been a foul that led to the corner. So maybe that corner shouldn’t have even happened. I am not accusing the referee of anything.

“Hands up, a silly mistake that cost us a point.”

On not taking chances: “The problem is we don’t score. We had three or four big chances in the first half we should be scoring. That is happening a lot of times this season. Then again, it comes down to my mistake at the end but with the chances we had we should be scoring. The game is completely different if we score with the chances we make.

“Maybe not clinical enough, I don’t know what else to say. I say about that but obviously go down to the other end what I did. It is totally disappointing and I lost us a point at the end.”

On top four battle: “It changes nothing. It is still in our hands. We have to pick ourselves from the position we were win. We were comfortable but now you could say there is a real chase. Teams around us are picking up points. We still have a game in hand and it is in our hands.”

Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag to Sky Sports: “We have to be more clinical on our chances we produced in the first half. In the end we gave away a goal and that can’t happen. It was also a little unlucky because it was never a free kick from where the corner came from but then you can’t bounce back anymore and that is what we have to do on Sunday.

“We had the chances clear. Great opportunities, one has to be in.”

Concerns over scoring? “I don’t have concerns. It is about keeping the focus. Don’t lose the focus, then we take that point. In the end if you can’t win it because you don’t finish the chances then don’t lose.

“It is handball, maybe he is out of balance or maybe got a push in the back. My anger is more about the free kick before the corner, it was never a free kick. There were so many bad tackles tonight.

“It is not about the officials, we have to finish the chances, be more clinical and don’t make the mistakes we did like in the last seconds.

“We have everything in our hands and we have to bounce back. We take the lessons from tonight and we have to move on.”

Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag, speaking to BBC Sport“You can’t bounce back any more in the game but that is what we have to do on Sunday.

“It is about the meaning of the first goal. Our chances were better than their opportunities and we have to score them. We lost a little control at the end, the midfield was too open.

“Luke Shaw played a great game. It was a game of mistakes and he made one, but it was really unlucky because the free kick that led to the corner was not a free kick.

“Our last five games we had a good run, this was really unlucky at the end of the game. We have to bounce back on Sunday.

“It is a good team. We have seen the first half was more on our side than them. The end of the game was a little bit of turnaround but we had to make the first goal.”

Here’s the Twitter reaction as Luke Shaw reflects on his handball mistake while also blaming his fellow Man Utd teammates over the defeat at Brighton…

@UtdWesleyy: Do you know what, so many players would of bottled an interview after that, fair play to him for having the balls to speak to the media after a moment of stupidity.

@ConnorWhiten: very respectful, wish the other players would act the way he does

@TFinnAgain: “Hands up” was the problem in the first place

@shaw_eben: Love how honest he is, loves the badge, every game puts 100%. Same with Ten Haag never scared of upsetting anyone just speaks honestly. Next season the premier league will be red ❤️

@FPLDeuce: You mean Brighton should have been 3-0 they had the more clear cut chances all game 😭

@bubbwa: Brighton were by far the better team and deserved the win

@TheKopHQ: So totally oblivious to the fact that Brighton could & should have scored a few 1st half too then. Lunatic

@OxtonSoulBoy: Lad who gave away the match – losing penalty blames his own forwards for the defeat. Yeah. Deffo a transformed club…

@1m0a0t9t8y8p: 100% right about us not scoring 👏🏻

@Goodstar_82: As stupid as his handball was he’s got a point! Could have been 1-0 inside 2mins & missed 3 other massive opportunities to score! Need a clinical Striker as a priority in the summer!

@RichBream82: Not many players would’ve stepped out for that interview. But he’s correct. The frontmen were poor in front of the goal. Personally, I thought he was brilliant at CB tonight

@_Matt1892: Hands up. Quite literally Shaw lad.

@c0_ross: Pun intended? 😂😂

@PortugueseGod8: Fronted the camera’s – doesn’t shy away. Looks just as gutted as the fans. As angering as they are these things happen.

@LarkinMufc: Bad mistake but fair play for doing an interview was absolutely brilliant before that, not over yet @LukeShaw23 🙏❤️

@anthony__hall: If all the players turned in the level of performance Shaw does week in week out we would win the league

@mufc_ang: He’s absolutely right in everything he said. That free kick was the softest I’ve ever seen given. Awful refereeing.

@JakeAGriff: Can’t fault this really. We didn’t deserve to lose or concede and Shaw was excellent, annoyingly freak things can happen in football & fair play to Shaw for coming out & holding his hands up (irony), just gotta go make it right on Sunday with a trademark hop, skip & assist. 👍

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