Luke Shaw insists Manchester United are NOT out of their rut, despite salvaging a draw at Atalanta
Luke Shaw insists Manchester United are NOT out of their rut yet despite salvaging a draw at Atalanta after beating Spurs as he says ‘we know we have to dig deep’ for derby against rivals City
- The Red Devils took a late draw against Atalanta in the Champions League
- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad also beat Tottenham 3-0 to ease some pressure
- But Luke Shaw has maintained that Manchester United are not out of their recent rut
- They receive fierce rivals Manchester City at Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon
Luke Shaw has insisted Manchester United are not out of their rut yet despite entering Saturday’s derby against Manchester City, boosted by two positive results.
At this time last week, the Old Trafford giants found themselves in the eye of a storm, with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer under intense pressure after a 5-0 home defeat to rivals Liverpool.
United rallied to win 3-0 at Tottenham in the Premier League over the weekend before Cristiano Ronaldo’s late goal saved a 2-2 draw in the Champions League against Atalanta on Tuesday, but Shaw knows they can do it despite the improved results. can’t get comfortable.
Luke Shaw has maintained that Man United are not out of their rut yet, despite a recent improvement in results
He told being into sports: ‘We have to maintain that attitude. Just because we beat Spurs 3-0 and we got a point here, we can’t put our heads down, we can’t feel comfortable.
“We can’t think, ‘Ah, look, we’ve done it now, we’re out of our rut and everything is perfect, everything is fine.’ It’s not. We know we have to dig deep. We know that we are not in a good situation, we know that what we have done has not been good enough.
“As a team we talked about that in the dressing room, so the games haven’t gotten any easier, so we have to be ready because it’s home and it’s a big game.”
United secured a 2-2 draw against Atalanta thanks to Cristiano Ronaldo’s equalizing goal
Shaw started the game in Bergamo, Italy at fullback, before Raphael Varane’s injury forced a change in formation and a move to fullback, and the England defender claimed a draw away from home was a decent result.
He added: ‘If you look at the group’ [United are top], it was an important point. Of course it’s not what we wanted. We wanted three points.
“You have to look at the progress of the game and the score towards the end, I think in this situation you would take a point. But of course we know that we still have a lot to improve on.
Despite a recent improvement, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (c) is still under pressure
“You know the results have been a little better in the last few games, but we still have work to do and we are now in charge of our own group.”
The Manchester derby provides the kind of stage on which Ronaldo thrives. The 36-year-old was heavily linked with a controversial move to City in the summer before joining United, where he may still find his way but score frequently.
“We kept going and if we need a goal, if something good has to happen, we have Cristiano,” Shaw concluded after Ronaldo’s Bergamo brace took his season total to nine.
“There’s no doubt that when that ball fell to him (at the end), he went into the back of the net.”