Luke Shaw’s latest Man Utd ‘dig’ shows little has changed after Ralf Rangnick challenge

Luke Shaw appeared to question the environment at Manchester United when speaking to England, which isn’t the first time he’s spoken publicly about Old Trafford affairs

Ralf Rangnick has to deal with rumors about internal rifts
Ralf Rangnick has to deal with rumors about internal rifts

Luke Shaw’s latest admission about life at Manchester United suggests his feelings haven’t changed much since Ralf Rangnick’s arrival.

The left-back spoke openly during his international service after playing in England’s win over Switzerland at the weekend. Shaw is one of several players whose level has noticeably dropped since starring at Euro 2020. United are struggling as a result and face an uphill battle to make it next season Champions League.

Rangnick arrived at Old Trafford in December, but is only in office until the end of the season, causing uncertainty at the club. A player overhaul has been touted as a new manager is imminent. Shaw admitted that feeling “wanted” was crucial for a player and accepted that his club’s poor results made it difficult for him to enjoy his football.

He said: “I think everyone needs to feel really happy. It’s always important to feel wanted. I think especially here I always feel that. I’m not saying I don’t at United but especially here , the way things are I feel wanted and I enjoy my football. A big part of football is having fun.

“Of course it’s hard to enjoy when we lose and we don’t play well at club level. We have to face that and of course it wasn’t good enough this season so it’s hard to enjoy it. We have a lot to improve at club , but I’m here with England so the focus is on that.”

His comments come nearly three months after he criticized his team’s performance after the 1-0 defeat wolves, that was Rangnick’s first loss as a boss. The Red Devils were second best for much of the competition as they continued to embrace a new way of working.

The left-back made his feelings clear while away with England

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Yet Shaw, after highlighting his team-mates’ commitment, appeared to challenge the German, who he urged to share more of his wisdom on the training ground. He said: “I think if we get out we have to give 100 per cent. I’m not saying everyone didn’t, but to win these types of games we all have to be 100 percent committed.

“Like I said, it’s just tough and disappointing. We have time to refocus now, we’ve had a long week of training and maybe the coach can come up with a few more ideas on what he wants on the pitch.”

There was speculation and leaks from Old Trafford for much of the season. Some of that surrounded Rangnick, his methods and some of his coaching appointments. Shaw himself has denied these claims, but his recent comments will only have fueled this Fire That suggests morale is low in the red half of Manchester.

Luke Shaw’s form at club level has waned this season

Former Red Devil Paul Parker was less than impressed by the left-back’s words and accused him of “digging up” the club. Parker told Betfred: “Anyone would have seen that as smug and a dig at what’s going on Manchester United. If you look at his situation you can come out and say he doesn’t play for United as he hasn’t been good enough consistently. As simple as that.”

Shaw has had a mixed career at Manchester since signing southampton in 2014. He has played under three permanent managers and shut down public criticism Jose Mourinho before returning to his best form Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Rangnick has used Alex Telles at left-back as well as Shaw – he alternates between the two.

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