Luke Shaw claims Arsenal don’t face the same scrutiny as Manchester United

Man Utd defender Luke Shaw
The left-back has faced extra competition this season from youngster Brandon Williams (Picture: Getty)

Manchester United defender Luke Shaw believes rivals Arsenal don’t get the same treatment as Ole Gunnar Solksjaer’s side despite enduring similarly disappointing results.

Shaw has struggled to nail down a starting berth for United this season, with the emergence of young full-back Brandon Williams providing real competition in defence.

The Red Devils sit in ninth position in the Premier League table after an inconsistent start to the season, and the England international believes the Gunners, who are below them in the table, aren’t under the same scrutiny.

Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Solskjaer’s United have won just nine Premier League games this campaign (Picture: Getty Images)

He told The Mirror: ‘No disrespect to Arsenal who are a fantastic club, but they’re not exactly having the greatest of seasons and it’s hardly mentioned.

‘I find it quite funny that if it’s United, everyone criticises, but Arsenal don’t get a mention.’

The 24-year-old also said that his manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer shields the team from a lot of flak, and the players should take more responsibility.

He added: ‘We’re all aware how the manager has tried to take the criticism on himself this season.

‘We admire him for that, but there does come a time as a player when you have to look at yourself and realise that it’s all on you.

‘The manager can’t keep defending us and taking the criticism.

‘We’re all here because the manager believes in us and it is disappointing there have been times this season when we’ve let down him, ourselves and the United fans.

United face a tough trip to Stamford Bridge where they take on Frank Lampard’s Chelsea side on Monday night.

With the news of Manchester City’s expulsion from the Champions League, the fifth-placed side in the Premier League may be granted a spot in Europe’s elite competition.

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