In the Premier League on Thursday night, Manchester United’s Luke Shaw accepted responsibility for his team’s 1-0 loss to Brighton & Hove Albion.
With no goals in the final minutes of extra time, the two teams were headed for a share of the victory at the Amex.
Shaw handled a cross inside the area, giving Brighton a last-second penalty, and Alexis Mac Allister converted to give the home team all three points.
After VAR intervened and urged the official to view the incident on the pitch-side monitor, referee Andre Marriner, who had initially missed the handball, awarded the penalty.
After the game, Shaw admitted that he “could not explain why he raised his hand,” but the left-back was willing to take responsibility for the close loss.
Shaw admits responsibility for Manchester United’s defeat in Brighton.
Shaw told Sky Sports News, “It really hurts.”. It was, I believe, the final second and the final action. Although the hand shouldn’t have been there, I acknowledge that I received a small prod and take it in stride. It’s difficult because I cost us the game.
My hand is up there for no apparent reason, I’m afraid. Of course, I claimed that I felt a nudge, and perhaps that enabled my arm to raise, but it shouldn’t still be there.
“I believe that the free kick that was awarded before the corner was never a foul. I don’t want to make excuses for what I did, but I don’t believe there was any reason why the foul that resulted in the corner should have been called.
“In my opinion, that corner might not have even occurred. However, I obviously cannot change that, and I make no accusations against the referee. I just don’t think it was a foul, but I put up my hands anyway because it was a careless error that ultimately cost us a point. “.
Raphael Varane and Lisandro Martinez sat out the match against Brighton, and Shaw once more defended centrally.
Harry Maguire is once again available following a recent suspension and injury, but the club captain was not used as a substitute on Thursday, with Shaw partnering with Victor Lindelof in the middle.
With a game remaining and a four-point lead over Liverpool in fifth place, Erik ten Hag’s team is still in prime position to finish in the top four of the Premier League.
When they visit relegation-threatened West Ham United on Sunday night, the Red Devils will be attempting to get back to winning ways.