Luke Shaw admits Manchester United’s squad needs a lift and has urged Ed Woodward and the board to bring in more players before the transfer window closes.
United started their Premier League season a week late following their Europa League involvement. It was apparent they were caught cold in a disappointing display.
However, Shaw believes new signings are a must if they are not to go backwards this season. The comments were made to TV2 and reported by the Manchester Evening News.
“We have a very good group but, personally, I think we need more players to strengthen the squad,” Shaw said.
“It can give us a boost. When you look around at how other teams are strengthening their teams… We must also do it to keep up with the others.”
United’s positive end to last season boosted optimism of a possible title challenge this time around. But they will need to perform a lot better than they did against Palace.
United already lie six points behind champions Liverpool, albeit having played a game less.
Shaw cited a truncated pre-season as one factor behind the slow start.
The left-back said: “Personally, from my point of view, the pre-season that we’ve had altogether is not the correct way it should have been. We’ve had a week all together.
“My first day back training, I could have probably counted on one hand the number of people who were training. Look at teams who have been together a while, training, playing games. I think Palace have played quite a few more games than us and it showed. We lacked that fitness and confidence.
“We haven’t been able to prepare in the way that we wanted. That’s not an excuse, because we have the quality of players to be able to win games like this. But we weren’t up to it and we’ve been punished. It’s the start of a new season, we should have been fresh.”
United face Luton in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday before resuming their Premier League campaign with a trip to Brighton next Saturday.
Woodward strategy fails as Sancho price rises
United face the increasingly-likely prospect of missing out on Jadon Sancho with Borussia Dortmund ready to take an even tougher transfer stance.
The transfer saga which has been in the headlines all summer has hardly shown any sign of a resolution.
As things stand, Sancho remains United’s No 1 target. They still remain ‘hopeful’ of securing his signing before the window shuts on October 5. Indeed, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was keeping the faith amid this claim from a well-connected journalist.
However, one Bundesliga expert claims BVB remain resolute in their determination to keep Sancho.
Furthermore, he claims his price could even rise as the Germans know how desperate United will be to sign him.