Luke Shaw questioned Manchester United’s intensity and motivation after the defeat to Wolves, while Sky Sports’ Jamie Redknapp described the performance as “so poor”.
United had been undefeated under interim manager Ralf Rangnick, racking up results despite some below average performances. But they were ultimately defeated by Bruno Lage’s Wolves on Monday night.
The Wolves were the top side for much of the game – recording 15 shots to United’s four in the first half – with Joao Moutinho’s late shot sentencing Rangnick to his first defeat for the club.
After another poor performance, United defender Shaw expressed his fierce point of view on Sky Sports’ Patrick Davison, questioning the intensity and motivation of his teammates.
He said: “Not good enough. We really struggled in the first half, we couldn’t hold the ball and we didn’t have many options. When we didn’t have the ball we weren’t aggressive enough and we weren’t.” t on the front foot.We didn’t put any pressure on them.
“Maybe it seemed an easy match for them in the first half. A very disappointing performance but also a result.
“We didn’t feel like we had many options on the ball in the first half, we weren’t on the front foot. We are at home, our fans behind us, we have to put more pressure on them, we have intensity. Even from the first minute we didn’t go. for them, we didn’t pressure, we made them feel at home and at ease. That moment is critical when you have to put your footprint on the game. We need to bring the intensity, especially with 75,000 fans roaring behind us.
“I don’t think you can wear it [adjusting to a new manager]. We players have been here for a long time, we know how it is when we have the intensity, when there is the motivation. But maybe we struggled tonight, I didn’t think we were all there together.
“We felt in trouble. Look at the players we have, we have an incredible quality but sometimes quality is not enough.
“We have to bring intensity and more motivation. In the locker room we know what we want but off the pitch we have to give 100%. To win these kinds of games we must all work 100%.. It’s tough and disappointing.”
Shaw had a positive side though, praising fellow defender Phil Jones after the center-back made his first senior appearance in two years after a string of injuries.
“One thing I will say is that Phil Jones should be proud of himself,” added Shaw. “He’s been criticized for years, constantly, people always take him and he’s been through a lot.
“But he is so professional, he trained hard and he was phenomenal. It was his first big comeback game, he was great, I’m very happy for him and he deserves it.
“I just want to say for Phil Jones, go ahead, but we have to be better as a team.”
Redknapp: Utd has no real identity
Sky Sports’ Jamie Redknapp also criticized Manchester United’s performance, noting problems with Rangnick’s different systems against Wolves and difficulties in midfield.
“They were playing a team so lacking in confidence, ideas, how to play, the system: we are talking about coaches coming into play and Rangnick came in with this famous 4-2-2-2 system.
“It doesn’t work if you don’t have the right players. You have to play the right system. Then he went for a defensive three, a 4-4-2, and in the end I think he was making systems high.
“There was no real identity as to how they were trying to play. Watford’s performance was really low, but I’m sure United fans thought they would at least be good at moving forward. There was nothing today.
“When you look at Manchester City and the best teams, they are in control of the midfield. United never had that.
“Never once did they switch passes or have the ability to take the sting out of the game, they were so poor today.
“I see too many players making the same mistakes and with the same bad habits they had under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
“If you know that a manager is only there until the end of the season, you are there naked, because everyone is wondering who will be the next manager.
“The ball should have been the best on the pitch for Manchester Utd today because he had to do an incredible job to stay on the pitch because everyone was giving it away.
“They have to find a way for people to get possession of the ball. Right now, there is no cohesion, no idea, everyone is giving the ball away and they need to find a system that fits that team because they are miles away it. “
Rangnick: Wolves the best team we have played
Rangnick admitted his side were second best against the Wolves as they battled a full midfield.
She said Sky Sports: “We didn’t play well at all, either individually or collectively. In the first half we had big problems keeping them away from our area and our goals.
“In the second half we changed form with a three-man defense. We had more control and there was a 15-minute period in which we could have scored, we hit the crossbar.
“The goal we conceded was one of too many this season in which Moutinho was able to shoot completely unmarked, without any problems or pressure. Therefore, we are very sorry for the result, but also for parts of our performance.
“We were playing with almost four or five central midfielders and we had trouble controlling that part of the pitch. Every time they tried to free one of their full backs, we struggled too.
“That’s why we decided to change form. We had more control in the second half, they didn’t have as many chances as in the first half. But we lost our chances to score and we have to admit that they deserved to win.
“The wolves were the best team we have played, collectively and individually, and we have had more problems today than in other games.”
Wolves manager Bruno Lage on the Man Utd victory
“It’s one more victory. It’s a beautiful stadium, a place with a lot of history, but the most important thing is the way we played this match against this team. I think we have prepared well for the match and I congratulate you. my players to come here and play our way.
“The first half was very good, we controlled everything, we created a lot of chances and we didn’t score. In the second half they adapted and changed the system. Then we changed some guys and they helped us win this match.
“Even now with three points and a goal we have had more chances than goals so we have to keep working.”
Redknapp and Ince analyze the Wolves winner
Moutinho scored in the 82nd minute to earn the Wolves their first Premier League win at Old Trafford, turning home after Jones’s game fell on him at the top of the area.
Analyzing the goal, Redknapp said: “It’s not a great free kick from De Gea. This is what Traore gives you. When the ball is moved, you can see it. Neves can play a safe, but knowing you have a player like Traore you can play it behind, knowing that he’ll get on it in a foot race.
“We talked about belief, can the Wolves get this winning goal? In the first half, I think the Wolves midfield would have contented themselves with sitting there. But right away, they can see they have a chance. When the ball comes out, the two midfielders Moutinho and Neves are on the edge of the area.
“It’s not the cleanest shot Moutinho has ever scored, but it must have been so good.”
Former United and Wolves midfielder Paul Ince added: “He’s one of those, as a midfielder, you have to understand the numbers in front of you. McTominay doesn’t have to go that deep, he needs to be far enough out and block him. “
Ince: United everywhere
Ince also expressed his thoughts on United’s sad performance and compared Rangnick’s start at United with Antonio Conte at Tottenham.
“I said earlier, in the stadium you could hear the fans starting to turn, they were whistling when Greenwood came out,” he said.
“The 4-2-2-2 doesn’t work. Whether it’s a new Man Utd way or not. I don’t understand. If I look at that performance, Norwich, Newcastle, there’s a lot of room to worry about.
“Look what Conte did at Tottenham in so little space, I don’t know what they are doing here. I think they are all over the place. They don’t trust each other, they don’t trust each other, they play like a load of individuals.
“It was much better when Fernandes came in, but they just hope.
“They [Wolves] they knew they were playing an unconfident team. Even if United are winning, you can guess that they are not.
“They came up with a game plan, and I said at half-time if they believe they will go and win – and that’s exactly what they did. Signing Traore was a stroke of genius, it worked. They really deserved to win the game. “