Man Utd mood in training ground after Tottenham defeat sums up club

Manchester United star Luke Shaw has opened up on the mood at the club following their 6-1 defeat to Tottenham before the international break.

The Red Devils suffered one of the worst defeats in their history at Old Trafford to Spurs before the squad broke up to play for their countries.

And Shaw, who played all 90 minutes of the miserable thrashing. has admitted that the wounds are still healing in the squad, though there are signs that things are on the up.

“I think, personally, it still hurts a bit now,“ the England left-back told the club’s official website. ”It was a horrible night. Personally, and collectively as a team, it wasn’t good enough.

“I think it’s been a week where the first day back was quiet and heads were down but we’ve realised we need to put it behind us and forget about that.

“All we can do now is work hard to get back to the intensity we have had. When we do that, we are a very dangerous team.

“We’ve got a few new arrivals in and that can maybe boost the morale of the squad and bring something different. Fresh faces are sometimes a good thing. Like we saw with Bruno [Fernandes], it can change completely the mood of a squad.”

United return to action on Saturday against Newcastle as they look to end their poor start to the season.

And Shaw insists that there is plenty of healthy competition after the arrivals of Alex Telles and Edinson Cavani.

“Competition for any team is a must,” he went on. “There is competition for every single spot and you’ve got to be ready for it, work hard and give the manager a decision harder than what he’s had to make before.

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“Like I said, competition is very healthy for the squad, it’ll push everyone even more because everyone wants to play.

“It [Saturday's match] is one we all want to play in. We all hoped it would be a bit earlier, to be honest, as the last game wasn’t good.

“We’ve had a lot of time to think and work and be ready for this. We need to win it. It’s a must-win game and we want to put things right. We’ve got very important games coming up. Everyone is looking forward to working hard so we’re going to be ready for it.”

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