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Luke Shaw: Man Utd squad must take responsibility for “horrendous” defeat

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Manchester United defender Luke Shaw didn’t mince his words following a “horrendous” 3-1 defeat to West Ham on Saturday

The Red Devils have suffered their worst start in 29 years after losing three of their opening seven games in the English top-flight.

United’s dreadful start has put manager Jose Mourinho’s job on the line with his public feud with Paul Pogba doing little to help matters at Old Trafford.

But Shaw insists that it should be the players that take responsibility for what’s happened instead of Mourinho shouldering the entire burden.

“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?” said Shaw, according to Goal.

“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. I think individually and as a team we were awful.

“That’s not good enough. It’s hard to take and we’re sorry to the fans for what they saw.”

A furious half-time pep talk by Mourinho failed to give United the desired impact.

“Obviously at half-time there were a few words and I think it was needed,” Shaw said.

“It was wake up and words that he’s said before: we need to be moving, we need to concentrate more, we need to want the ball, we need to be playing.

“That didn’t happen. It’s disappointing and a very, very bad day for us.

“From the first minute, you could see we weren’t winning the second balls and our duels. It’s hard to take. It just wasn’t good enough from us.

“That shouldn’t be happening. Games like this 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 from us. Very, very poor.”

United are now 10th in the Premier League with just 10 points from seven games with Valencia awaiting them on Tuesday’s second game of Group H in the Champions League at Old Trafford.