DEJECTED Luke Shaw admitted Manchester United deserved to lose their blockbuster conflict at Arsenal.
And the full-back reckons the Ninetieth-minute Eddie Nketiah sucker-punch was a “reality check” for a Pink Devils staff in transition beneath Erik ten Hag.
Arsenal managed a whopping 25 photographs to United’s six and dominated the second half within the 3-2 comeback win.
Shaw had a torrid afternoon on the Emirates as he discovered himself always backing into the penalty space whereas his England team-mate Bukayo Saka twisted and turned.
A crestfallen Shaw confessed: “Within the second half possibly we deserved that.
“We have been a bit passive and we allow them to management the sport within the second half and to concede proper on the finish is gutting.
“We all know they’re a particularly good aspect and we have been preventing all the way in which till that final second.
“In video games like this, it’s worthwhile to be concentrating for the entire sport as a result of one lapse in focus and you’ll concede in opposition to aspect.
“We began getting management of the sport. We have been profitable the ball excessive up the pitch which led to us scoring the primary objective.
“First half went properly however second half we backed off a bit and allow them to have management of the sport.
“They were having chance after chance and it’s going to be like that at the end of the game then they are always going to get one more big chance.”
United have been simply minutes away from clinging on to some extent which might have stored them eight factors off Arsenal.
However with Michael Olise’s late free-kick on Wednesday adopted by Nketiah’s flick, Erik ten Hag’s aspect have dropped three essential factors since profitable the Manchester derby.
They now sit on 39 factors after 20 video games, degree with Newcastle, six away from fifth-placed Tottenham however 11 behind Arsenal who’ve a sport in hand.
United’s subsequent three video games are all within the cups with the 2 legs of the Carabao Cup semi-final with Nottingham Forest both aspect of Saturday’s FA Cup tie at house to Studying earlier than returning to Premier League motion on February 4.
Shaw added: “You must give Arsenal credit score for what they’ve carried out this season.
“We’re solely half means however they should be on the high from the way in which they’re enjoying.
‘WE ARE GUTTED’
“There’s a lengthy method to go and we have now to give attention to our subsequent sport as we have now an enormous semi-final arising.
“The standard of those video games are getting way more. It was a really powerful sport to be concerned in however these are the video games everybody desires to be concerned in to check your self in opposition to the most effective.
“However we’re gutted within the dressing room for conceding late on.
“It is a bit of reality check to where we are at the moment but we have to get back to work with an extremely big game on Wednesday against Forest.”
Shaw was named by Roy Keane as one of many 4 gamers that show Manchester United are struggling to progress and are “well short” of the place they need to be, particularly given Ten Hag oversaw £206million of summer season spending.
The Irishman stated: “United have made progress however on the finish of the sport, I’m taking a look at Luke Shaw nonetheless at left-back – there are query marks over him.
“Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Fred, Scott McTominay – it’s like Manchester United haven’t moved on from the issues prior to now.
“I’m not blaming them because it was a tricky sport, give credit score to Arsenal. It was a actuality verify.
“For all the cash United have spent they’re nonetheless properly brief.
“I feel they’re certs for high 4, possibly win a cup however when it comes to competing for league titles there’s a bit to go.”