Luke Shaw has called Manchester United’s recent wins over Tottenham and Manchester City as ‘pointless’ following the club’s struggles against the division’s so-called lesser sides.
Last weekend’s defeat at bottom club Watford continued a worrying run of form for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side, who have now picked up just 12 points from 12 meetings against the sides currently below them in the Premier League table.
By contrast, United are unbeaten this season in contests with each of the seven sides currently above them, earning notable victories over the likes of Spurs and rivals Man City in recent weeks, while are still the only side to take anything from league leaders, Liverpool.
Shaw admits the Red Devils know they need to overcome their difficulties in beating defensively-minded opposition, admitting his side’s recent successes against the top teams count for little as they struggle to find consistency.
“We need to be better and we know we need to be better,” he told manutd.com.
“The wins against Spurs and City were great but now they seem pointless with the last two results we’ve had, because we need to be beating the teams below us as well. We haven’t done that. We will work on the training pitch and hopefully have a good Boxing Day.”
Manchester United host Newcastle at Old Trafford in the traditional Boxing Day fixtures with the club currently eighth in the division, seven points adrift of fourth-placed Chelsea in the race to secure Champions League football.