Manchester United left-back Luke Shaw has defended the club’s manager Jose Mourinho in the face of recent criticism.
The Man United boss has come under fire for over a season now, but it has now reached a tipping point where many are backing the Reds to sack Mourinho soon.
It’s been the worst sever start to a Premier League campaign for United. With three losses and a draw in their opening seven games, as well as being knocked out of the League Cup by Championship side Derby County, this nightmare start is only matched by the side of David Moyes in the 2013/14 season. Moyes was sacked by April.
Shaw, however, has defended his manager, insisting that it should be the players who are facing the brunt of the criticism, given it is they who are on the pitch.
The Englishman has had a good start to the season compared to his teammates but said there are “no excuses” for the team’s poor showings.
“We’re the ones who go on the pitch. The manager isn’t on the pitch is he?” Shaw said.
“He’s there to put a team out and put a team out that he thinks can win the game.
“You look at our team today and we had a very strong team. No excuses. As players we weren’t good enough.
“It was not good enough from a Man United team with all the talent we have.
“Games like this we should be dominating, creating chances, showing people why we deserve to play for Man United and that didn’t happen today. It was very poor from us.”
The United players must perform better. Almost every player in the squad is underperforming, and the attitude of the players is woeful at times. Against Brighton, United conceded once and were so shaken by the goal that they conceded a second immediately after. Against West Ham, Marcus Rashford got one goal back for United in the second half to make it 2-1, but United allowed the home side to notch a third straight away, again.
Shaw and his teammates do not have the ability, mentally, to control a game at the moment. However, Mourinho must be blamed in the main part. He has been at United for more than two seasons now and it’s his job to fix any mental problems. It’s also his job not to make tactical blunders like playing a three-man defence with a young midfielder on the right of it against West Ham.