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‘I cost us the game’ – Luke Shaw takes the blame for last-gasp defeat against Brighton & Hove Albion

Manchester United defender Luke Shaw has admitted that he was to blame for the 1-0 loss against Brighton & Hove Albion last night.

While defending a corner in the last few seconds of the game, Shaw used his hand to clear the ball. 

The referee didn’t catch the error at first but pointed to the spot after VAR’s intervention.

After the game, the defender spoke to Sky Sports: “It hurts, it hurts a lot. It was the last minute, the last action, really, I think.

“I got a little nudge but, of course, the hand shouldn’t be there – I own up to it and take it on the chin. I cost us the game and it’s tough. 

“I can’t even explain why my hand is up there.”

Luke Shaw is a fall guy – United’s front line should be blamed

The 27-year-old was arguably United’s best performer tonight before his last-minute brain-fade moment.

He was so comfortable in the centre-back spot that it did not feel like he was playing out of position.

He misplaced only five of the 44 passes he made today. Whenever Danny Welbeck dropped deep to collect the ball, he followed the striker and put pressure on him.

He shows hawk-eye vision to read the danger and does not shy away from making runs to contribute to attack at times.

Shaw was guilty of conceding the penalty criminally but the three points were dropped because of United’s poor attacking display.

Antony, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial had great opportunities to score but fluffed their lines when it mattered most.

Bruno Fernandes’ slipped a sublime pass to Antony in the second minute of the game, but the Brazilian winger fired his shot wide.

Things could have been different if he had given a perfect start to the Red Devils.

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