Luke Shaw of Manchester United applauds the fans at the end of the Premier League match between West Ham United and Man Utd at London Stadium on December 23, 2023
Man Utd full-back Luke Shaw.

Luke Shaw explains longest Man Utd goal drought in over 30 years

Luke Shaw admitted that Manchester United “were not good enough” as they fell to a 2-0 defeat to West Ham on Saturday afternoon. 

Jarrod Bowen and Mohammed Kudus found the net within six minutes of each other in the second half to put the Red Devils to the sword at the London Stadium.

The result, which condemned the visitors to a 13th defeat of the season in all competitions, means the Hammers have leapfrogged Man United in the Premier League table.

“[It was] just not good enough really,” Shaw told TNT Sports. “We have to win games. We keep losing games, losing points and we’re making it very hard for ourselves.

“Especially that second half, not good enough. First half I think we controlled the game. If we score the first goal then maybe the result’s different but we don’t so we suffered in the second half and it’s not good enough.”

It was the fourth consecutive game Man United have failed to score, the first time that has happened since since August 1992, but Shaw struggled to pinpoint the primary cause of their profligacy in front of goal, suggesting there is more than one cause.

“It’s tough to think what’s going on,” he said. “I think maybe we’re just not creating enough and when we do on the other hand we’re not clinical. Maybe it could be a lack of confidence at the moment, sometimes that’s normal in football, it happens. Like I said, we have to try and keep staying positive.

“We’ve got another big game coming up against Aston Villa so we can’t feel sorry for ourselves, we have to pick ourselves up and go again. It’s a home game and we can’t keep dropping points, we have to win games.”

Shaw added: “We have to stay positive. This is Manchester United, one of the biggest clubs in the world, and like I said before it’s not good enough. We know that and we have to dig deep, look ourselves in the mirror and question ourselves and go from there.”

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