A furious Luke Shaw has accused Manchester United of not being “together” in a scathing post-match interview following the Red Devils’ 1-0 defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Ralf Rangnick ‘s side were sunk by a late Joao Moutinho winner after a dismal display at Trafford.
Shaw slammed the performance as “obviously not good enough” before adding on Sky Sports: “We really struggled, we couldn’t get hold of the ball and when we didn’t have the ball we weren’t aggressive enough.
“We didn’t put them under any pressure. We have to put more pressure on them, we have to have intensity. I didn’t think we were all there together.
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“You look at the players we have, we have unbelievable quality, but sometimes quality is not enough. We need to bring the intensity and more motivation.
“It looked like an easy game for them. It was a disappointing performance and result. We didn’t have many options on the ball and we weren’t on the front foot.”
Meanwhile, manager Rangnick was critical of his team, telling BBC Sport : “[I am] very disappointed, like the players.
“We knew it could be a complicated game because the Wolves with a back five are very flexible in midfield. In the first half we were struggling.
“We had too many easy turnovers, too many unforced errors and too many giveaways. That didn’t make the job any easier for us and that is why we changed to a back three.
“Today we showed similar problems the team had three or four weeks ago before I arrived.
“It is not an easy job to develop a DNA with and without the ball. The game today showed there are still quite a few steps to.”
United now languish in seventh place in the Premier League table, chasing Champions League football next season.
Quizzed on whether he is confident that the Red Devils will finish in the top four, the 63-year-old admitted: “I cannot make any guarantees.
“Look at today’s performance, if I say we are 100% convinced we will finish in the top four, I don’t know if people will believe that.
“For me it is about taking the next steps and getting better.”
One positive for United was the return on Phil Jones after 708 days out through injury.
Shaw launched a staunch defence of the centre-back, who produced an impressive display after almost two years of agony and abuse.
“One thing I will say is Phil Jones should be proud of himself,” the England international noted.
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“He has been criticised for years, and has gone through a lot, but he is so professional and he has trained hard and he was phenomenal.
“He was exceptional, I am very happy for him and he deserves it.”
Rangnick added: “There was no doubt at all regarding his attitude because I saw him training.
“If you consider hasn’t played in two years it was a very good performance.”