Sunday People


- By Harry Pratt

LUKE SHAW has revealed Manchester United are fuming that the Champions League race is in danger of going to the wire. Coming into the weekend,

Erik ten Hag’s men were still favourites to claim a top-four place ahead of rivals Liverpool, as they held a four-point lead over them, having played one game less.

But had they not dropped

FIVE from the last nine available, the Reds would be travelling to West Ham this afternoon with qualificat­ion for Europe’s elite competitio­n next term already sealed.

Defender Shaw (below), whose handball gave away a last-gasp penalty in Thursday’s 1-0 defeat at Brighton, admits there is a deep sense of frustratio­n inside the dressing room as they splutter towards the finishing line.

Shaw, 27, said: “It was extremely comfortabl­e for us at one point.

“But the way we have been playing and the results we have had, we’ve now got dragged back into a fight that we didn’t want to be in.

“We have to refocus. We have to get ready because West Ham are fighting for their lives. It’s a massive game.”

The Hammers, despite hovering just above the drop zone, are on a decent run at the London Stadium – and recently held then-league leaders Arsenal to a 2-2 draw.

Shaw added: “They’re a team with really good players and they have good momentum.

“We know how good their crowd is and, with the situation they’re in, they’ll be fired up and will get the team fired up.

“That’s the occasion we have to be ready for – and we have to play the game, not the occasion.”

United boss Ten Hag wants to see greater selfcontro­l and discipline from his team in the heat of battle, while maintainin­g their essential, ferocious will to win.

The Dutchman explained: “Yes, we have to keep our heads clear, but also I demand this passion and desire from my players.

“You need that and it brought us to where we are now.”

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