Shaw insists Man Utd must do better despite Europa League progress
Posted On March 19, 2021
Luke Shaw felt that Manchester United had to overcome a “horrible” first half to defeat Milan 1-0 and seal their place in the quarter-finals of the Europa League.
The last-16 draw was finely balanced after a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford in the first leg, with hosts looking for the most likely scorers in the first half of the second leg after United’s brilliant start quickly faded away.
However, Paul Pogba’s introduction for the second half proved decisive, with the substitute shooting in the only goal of the game in the 48th minute at San Siro.
Shaw was thrilled to see Pogba in action again after missing 10 games with injury, but acknowledged that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side need to improve as they seek to secure silverware this season. .
“Obviously very happy that we were done, but I’ll be honest – and I think the guys and staff will agree with me – we weren’t good at all, especially in the first half when we were horrible, ”Shaw said. BT Sport.
“In the first 10 or 15 minutes, we started well, kept control of the ball. But it was like a switch – we turned off and we were very sloppy.
“We continued to give balls and put pressure on ourselves. We were lucky, but in the second half it always helps to have a world class player like Paul to make a difference.
“He did that – it’s great to see him again. The most important thing tonight was the result and the move to the next round, no matter how we played.
“But we know we have to be better than tonight.”
United have improved on each of their last two knockout appearances with Milan in European competition, although they needed a nice save from Dean Henderson to keep Zlatan Ibrahimovic from leveling.
Next up is an FA Cup quarter-final against Leicester City, with the Red Devils heading to King Power Stadium on Sunday.
“Obviously Milan are a top team and we knew it would be difficult, especially to come here. The result was not in our favor [from the first leg]so that’s a really good win, ”Shaw continued.
“The most positive [thing] are we done and have the players come back. The team are looking a lot better than they were last week so times are good now.
“I hope we can keep going, because we have a big game around the corner this weekend.”
After the weekend cup, Shaw will join the England squad. He was recalled by national team boss Gareth Southgate for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against San Marino, Albania and Poland, just reward for his exceptional form at club level.
“I am extremely happy – it is a huge honor to be selected for your country,” said left-back.
“Obviously, I’ve been out of the fold for a long time, I had the ambition to come back to the team. Luckily I did, so I just need to keep going.