Luke Shaw praises Arsenal and admits they 'deserve to be top'

Luke Shaw insists ‘Arsenal deserve to be top’ after the Manchester United full-back endured a torrid afternoon against Bukayo Saka and admits the Premier League leaders handed Erik ten Hag’s side a ‘reality check’

  • Man United full-back Luke Shaw has praised Arsenal for their win on Sunday
  • Shaw struggled against Bukayo Saka during Arsenal’s 3-2  win over United
  • The 27-year-old also admitted the Gunners ‘deserve to be top’ of the league 

Luke Shaw has brazenly admitted that Manchester United deserved to lose their action-packed Premier League clash with league leaders Arsenal at The Emirates on Sunday.

Eddie Nketiah scored in the 90th minute to wrap up a hard-fought 3-2 victory for the hosts, extending their unbeaten home run, and moving five points clear ahead of chasing Man City at the top of the table.

United full-back Shaw endured a difficult afternoon up against his Three Lions teammate Bukayo Saka, with the Arsenal winger scoring in the first-half to pull Mikel Arteta’s side level.

Luke Shaw (right) has praised the qualities of Arsenal in Sunday’s win over Man United

Arsenal moved five points clear at the top of the Premier League following Sunday’s win

Erik ten Hag’s side started brightly as in-form man Marcus Rashford opened the scoring with a stunning finish, however they couldn’t keep up the intensity with Shaw revealing that United’s second-half showing meant they probably deserved to lose. 

‘In the second half maybe we deserved that. We were a bit passive and we let them control the game in the second half and to concede right at the end is gutting,’ said Shaw after the match.

‘We know they’re an extremely good side and we were fighting all the way until that last second.

Shaw (white shirt) struggled throughout the match up against Arsenal winger Bukayo Saka (red shirt)

Gunners striker Eddie Nketiah (centre) clinched the winning goal in the 90th minute

‘In games like this, you need to be concentrating for the whole game because one lapse in concentration and you will concede against a good side.

‘You have to give Arsenal credit for what they have done this season. We are only half way but they deserve to be at the top from the way they are playing.

‘The quality of these games are getting much more. It was a very tough game to be involved in but these are the games everyone wants to be involved in to test yourself against the best.

‘But we are gutted in the dressing room for conceding late on.

United’s attention now turns to a Carabao Cup semi-final with Nottingham Forest on Wednesday with Shaw insisting that the team need to get back on-track in their bid to reach a first final under Ten Hag.

Shaw (right) insisted that Arsenal handed a high-flying United side a stark reality check

United manager Erik ten Hag failed to get his team firing in a passive second-half performance

‘There is a long way to go and we have to focus on our next game as we have a big semi-final coming up.

‘It is a bit of reality check to where we are at the moment but we have to get back to work with an extremely big game on Wednesday against Forest.’ 

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