Manchester United defender Luke Shaw has called on his teammates to take their fair share of criticism for the club’s struggles this season.
United recorded their worst record after 24 league games in 30 years this term and the Red Devils sit six points adrift of the Premier League’s top four.
Boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has taken the brunt of the flak so far, with pundits claiming that the Norwegian should not be trusted to continue spending the club’s money.
Indeed, one report has claimed that the manager is on the brink after he and executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward failed to bring in all of the club’s January targets.
Speaking to the Sunday Mirror, however, Shaw insisted that it is high time the players took their share of the blame.
“We’re all aware how the manager has tried to take the criticism on himself this season,” the left-back said.
“We admire him for that, but there does come a time as a player when you have to look at yourself and realise that it’s all on you.
“The manager can’t keep defending us and taking the criticism. It’s up to us now – we’re the ones who need to shoulder the blame and start performing on the pitch.
“Ole is different to managers I’ve played for in the past at United who have not been slow in criticising us.
“Every manager has their own way of doing things and as a professional you just have to accept that they believe that the best way to be successful is their way.
“In the dressing room he always lets us know if we aren’t doing the thing he expects from us. But there isn’t a lot he can do once we go out onto the pitch. Then it is down to us.”
United can cut the gap to the top four to three points with a win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Monday evening.
The two sides have met twice this season, with Solskjaer’s side winning 4-0 at Old Trafford at the start of the season before beating the Blues in the Carabao Cup in October.
In other news, United are reportedly interested in a move for AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma this summer.
David de Gea recently ended speculation surrounding his future by signing a new contract at Old Trafford but reports have claimed that Solskjaer is looking to add fresh legs between the sticks.