It’s too early for that – Luke Shaw downplays title talk after Man Utd derby win

Luke Shaw has insisted that no one at Manchester United is considering winning the title after a dramatic and controversial derby win against Manchester City on Saturday.

United stunned the defending champions as they pursued a highly contentious equalizer with a late winner to get close to a spot of their second-ranked neighbors in the Premier League.

While debates raged over the nature of Bruno Fernandes’ leveler – rewarded despite Marcus Rashford’s run towards the ball from an offside position during preparation – it was undeniable that the 2-1 win represented a strong expression of a resurrected United.

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Luke Shaw insists no title consideration at Man Utd (Tim Goode/PA)

Erik ten Hag’s men changed as they were beaten 6-3 by City at the Etihad Stadium in October, losing just one of their 19 games and winning their last nine games in a row in all competitions.

But Shaw isn’t succumbing to suggestions that United could continue to overhaul their rivals Arsenal at the summit next Sunday.

“It’s too early to think about that,” the defender said. “Right now as a team we have to make sure we have the right consistency in performance and results.

“It’s always about winning. Whether you play well or not, you have to win, and that’s what we’ve been doing lately. We don’t do our best, but we still win games.

“We are still in four competitions. We are Manchester United, we have to aim high and of course we want to win all four but whether that happens is up to us, the way we act, the way we rest and prepare for the next game is important. the game.

“We have to forget this game now, we have to forget this win. We have a big game against Crystal Palace on Wednesday.”

Shaw backed officials with Fernandes’ goal in the 78th minute.

City looked at their winning route after the hourly header from substitute Jack Grealish.

That all changed when an offside Rashford rushed to the ball from Casemiro and then the Portuguese got out of the way to shoot home.

Since Rashford did not touch the ball, he was deemed not to interfere with the game. City’s protests dragged on, and Rashford continued in the tunnel, long after they increased their disappointment with a 82-minute win.

Manchester United v Manchester City – Premier League – Old Trafford

Manchester City defender Manuel Akanji (left) was unimpressed as United’s first goal was allowed to be counted (Martin Rickett/PA)

Enjoying another successful break at the centre-back, Shaw said: “Of course you can see where they’re coming from – we all do the same thing if I’m on the other team – but I think Rashy was smart. Knowing that Bruno was there and letting the ball go. It was a goal for me.”

City defender Manuel Akanji, on the contrary, called his decision to score a “joke” but knows that the team needs to bounce back soon after this latest setback following Wednesday’s Carabao Cup defeat at Southampton.

“Hopefully we can improve in the next match. It was a different performance from Southampton – it wasn’t a good game at all and it was much better – but we still lost twice. We really need to win against Tottenham on Thursday,” said the Swiss international.

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