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Manchester United’s Luke Shaw insists the players are to blame for Manchester United’s poor run of form and not manager Jose Mourinho.

It was a “horrendous” and “awful” defeat by West Ham, says defender Luke Shaw.

A 3-1 loss on Saturday ensured United’s worst league start in 29 years.

Jose Mourinho’s side are in 10th place, nine points behind leaders Manchester City, after losing three of their opening seven Premier League games.

“It was not good enough from a Manchester United team with all the talent we have,” said Shaw, 23. “We didn’t look like a team that was going to beat West Ham. “If you want the truth I think it was honestly horrendous. I think individually and as a team we were awful.”

The result at London Stadium followed a home defeat on penalties in the Carabao Cup by Championship side Derby, and increased the speculation surrounding Mourinho’s future.

Earlier in the week, the United boss confirmed midfielder Paul Pogba would not captain the team again, reportedly because of concerns about his attitude.

The France World Cup winner, 25, had criticised the approach during the 1-1 home draw with Wolves on 22 September.

United’s 10 points from seven games is the same as in 2013-14 under David Moyes, but an inferior goal difference means this is their worst top-flight start since they picked up seven points in 1989-90.

Shaw, who looked set to leave Old Trafford in the summer after being criticised by Mourinho, added: “We have to look at ourselves as players. We’re the ones who go on the pitch. The manager isn’t on the pitch, is he?

“Games like this [at West Ham] we should be dominating, creating chances, showing people why we deserve to play for Manchester United.

The Portuguese coach has come under fire after United followed up the draw with Wolves and the Carabao Cup exit to Derby County with a disastrous defeat at West Ham on Saturday. Shaw described the performance at the London Stadium as “horrendous” and “awful” while adding the players had not shown they deserved to wear the United shirt.

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But as pressure mounts on Mourinho, the defender is adamant that the manager is not the problem.

“We have to look at ourselves as players,” said Shaw. “We’re the ones who go on the pitch. The manager isn’t on the pitch is he? He’s there to put a team out and put a team out that he thinks can win the game.

“You look at our team [against West Ham] and we had a very strong team. No excuses. As players we weren’t good enough.”

Shaw was brutally honest about the display against West Ham and a result which leaves United nine points behind leaders Liverpool and Manchester City after seven games. The 23-year-old made a point of handing over his shirt to a fan at the final whistle and afterwards apologised to the 3,000 supporters who travelled to east London.

“If you want the truth I think it was honestly horrendous,” said Shaw. “We didn’t look like a team that was going to beat West Ham. I think individually and as a team we were awful.

Luke Shaw believes the players — not club boss Jose Mourinho — should shoulder the blame for Manchester United’s poor form. OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images

“That’s not good enough. It’s hard to take and we’re sorry to the fans for what they saw. It was not good enough from a Man United team with all the talent we have.

“From the first minute you could see we weren’t winning the second balls and our duels. It’s hard to take. It just wasn’t good enough from us. That shouldn’t be happening.

“Games like this we should be dominating, creating chances, showing people why we deserve to play for Man United and that didn’t happen. It was very poor from us. Very, very poor.”