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“That’s even more disappointing”- Manchester United star unhappy to see Liverpool back in top-four race

Luke Shaw is likely to return to action for Manchester United vs Newport County.
Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag will be delighted to have Shaw back. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Luke Shaw disappointed Manchester United have been dragged into a top four race

Manchester United defender Luke Shaw is not happy with the fact Manchester United have been dragged into a top-four race after a recent run of results.

A few weeks ago, the Red Devils were sitting comfortably in third position and finishing in the Champions League places was not looking a particularly hard task.

But, United have only collected only 14 points from their previous nine league games. That is not a run of a side that aspires to finish in the top four. Liverpool, on the other hand, have got 19 points from the same number of games, including the current six-game winning streak.

Luke Shaw is not happy that Manchester United have been dragged into a top-four race.
Luke Shaw is not happy that Manchester United have been dragged into a top-four race. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Although Erik ten Hag‘s men are ahead of Liverpool by a point with two games in hand, it has become more nervy than anticipated. Here’s Shaw on the disappointment of getting dragged into the race (h/t Express):

“We have to be honest. I think that’s even more disappointing [that we’ve let Liverpool back into it]. It was extremely comfortable for us at one point.

“But the way we have been playing and the results we have had, we’ve now got dragged back into a fight that we didn’t want to be in. We have to refocus. We have to get ready because West Ham are fighting for their lives. It’s a massive game.”

Has the scheduling taken its toll on the squad? Possibly so. United are set to play 60+ games this season with a squad that is not very deep in terms of quality throughout.

So, if certain key players are not performing, the manager has no choice but to keep playing them in order to get the desired results. Goals have dried up for Marcus Rashford.

Erik ten Hag's men are still a point ahead of fifth-placed Liverpool, with two games in hand.
Erik ten Hag’s men are still a point ahead of fifth-placed Liverpool, with two games in hand. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

For that reason, although United were clinging on to a point against Brighton on Thursday, it would have been a massive one given the context of the table. With Shaw’s handball and Alexis Mac Allister’s nerveless penalty, that is also not there ahead of a tough game away to West Ham United later today.

David Moyes’ side have been in decent form, especially at home. The resilience they showed in coming from two goals down to earn a point against Arsenal was exceptional. They are still not safe from relegation, so there is everything to play for.

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After a tough game and defeat on Thursday, can ten Hag lift the team to make the push and get three points against the Hammers? We will wait and see.

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