Manchester United defender Luke Shaw has today opened up on the hectic scenes in his side’s dressing room, at half-time of the Red Devils’ clash with Liverpool.
Man United 0-0 Liverpool
United welcomed Jurgen Klopp’s table-toppers to Old Trafford yesterday afternoon, for a Premier League matchup.
The meeting marked a crucial one in the race for both a spot in the English top-flight’s top-4, and the Premier League title.
As such, a fiercely-contested, end-to-end affair was widely-predicted ahead of kick-off in Manchester.
What subsequently unfolded over the 90 minutes, however, proved considerably-more cagey.
Clear-cut chances were few-and-far between at Old Trafford, with the two sides having eventually been forced to make do with a point apiece.
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) February 24, 2019
Old Trafford injury bug
While there was little to discuss in terms of goal-mouth action between United and Liverpool, a rather-frantic 20-minute stretch during the first-half of yesterday’s clash did see an incredible injury-frenzy force 4 players off with respective problems.
All of Ander Herrera, Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard, who had actually been introduced for Mata, limped off for hosts United.
3 – Manchester United are the first team to make three substitutions in the first half of a Premier League game since Burnley in January 2015 vs Newcastle United. Ailing. #MUNLIV pic.twitter.com/tjWhNuxLMy
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In addition, Liverpool hitman Roberto Firmino was forced to succumb to an ankle problem with half an hour on the clock.
‘Everyone was going crazy’
As such, Manchester United stopper Luke Shaw has this afternoon opened up on the effect that the injury-ravaged opening 45 minutes at Old Trafford had on the Red Devils’ half-time team talk, confirming that the rather-bizarre scenes on the pitch carried over into his side’s dressing room.
Speaking in an interview with the Evening Standard, Shaw, who picked up Man of the Match honours for his superb showing yesterday, revealed:
‘We were all very disappointed with how the first half went. We didn’t play well at all.’
‘We gave too many balls away too cheaply and luckily that didn’t cost us. But we had a change of formation, we had a good chat at half-time. Everyone was going crazy.’
Tough game but Old Trafford was buzzing 👏🏼 pic.twitter.com/8nKEh4TKgJ
— Luke Shaw (@LukeShaw23) February 24, 2019
‘We said ‘relax and we just need to play our game’ and I think the second half was better.’
‘We still weren’t at our best but overall I think we created the best chances and I feel we should have won.’