Luke Shaw has admitted that Manchester United’s 5-0 home drubbing by fierce rivals Liverpool “was coming”.
United were taken apart by a rampant Liverpool side, who saw Mo Salah score a hat-trick to make it 10 consecutive games he has scored in. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men were well off the pace. But they did have an early chance through Bruno Fernandes before Liverpool opened the scoring.
Jurgen Klopp’s men enjoyed their biggest ever win at Old Trafford, which started emptying even before half-time substitute Paul Pogba was sent off. Pogba was initially given a yellow card for his over-the-ball-tackle on Naby Keita before the referee was asked to review it.
Anthony Taylor then revoked the yellow card and issued a red one.
Former United defender Gary Neville labelled it a “monstrous day”, but said that the board were “unequivocal” in their support of Solskjaer.
And asked about his reaction, Shaw fronted up and told Stadium Astro: “Not good enough. I know of course this is a team sport but as individuals we need to be accountable for some of the performances.
“That’s why I’m out here now, I’m not hiding in there and not speaking, I’ve come out and I will say I was not good enough. Of course I speak on behalf of myself, not the team.
“I am accountable for my performance, it wasn’t good enough. I am not here to speak about the team, we know we can be better but for me I also need to be better than I was today.
“That’s why I have come here, speaking to you, and tell you how it is. It’s ourselves we need to look at first and foremost in the mirror. Are we doing everything right and preparing right for the games and ourselves?
“We have the tactics and how the manager wants us to play. At times, we’re too easy to play through against.
“You look at the first goal, it can’t be possible that they can have three running through in the first five minutes. We need to be more compact, we need to be better.”
The result came a week after United’s 4-2 defeat at Leicester. And just a few days after they came from 2-0 down against Atalanta to win 3-2 at Old Trafford.
‘This result was coming’
“This result was coming,” Shaw added. “In past games where we’ve won, we haven’t been at our best. We felt that inside the dressing room and today we have to reflect and we have to move on from this because it hurts.
“I think we all know when we’re at our best we’re capable of playing well. It’s not just a team, it’s individuals who are not at their best. Me, myself, I’m not. I need to look at myself, see what I’m doing wrong and focus on that.
“At times in the game, we’re far too easy to play through against. Not just today but it’s been a number of games now where it’s been happening bit by bit and we can feel that in each game.
“It happened today and, against a great team like Liverpool, they’re going to punish us and they did.”