After a 1-0 home loss to Wolves on Monday, Man Utd left-back Luke Shaw criticized his team of missing aggression, effort, and motivation.
United are currently in seventh place in the Premier League, four points behind the top four, after suffering their fourth league defeat in ten games at Old Trafford this season.
After signing Cristiano Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho, and Raphael Varane to a side that finished in second place last season, the Red Devils were anticipated to mount a title bid this season.
United are 22 points behind Manchester City at the top of the league and are closing in on bottom-placed Norwich.
When Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was fired as manager in November, he paid the price for a poor run of results.
Despite substandard performances, interim manager Ralf Rangnick had scooped up 10 points from his first four matches in charge, and they were ultimately forced to pay when Joao Moutinho’s goal eight minutes from time sealed Wolves’ first victory at Old Trafford since 1980.
“We look our squad, our team, the players we have, we have unbelievable quality,” Luke Shaw told Sky Sport. “Sometimes quality isn’t enough.
“We need to bring the intensity, we need to bring being more aggressive and we need to bring more motivation. I think maybe from the outside today, it didn’t look like we had any of them three.
“Inside the dressing room we know we want to win, we know what we want but I think when we step out on that pitch we need to give 100 percent, everything we’ve got.
“I think to win these types of games against a tough team like Wolves we all need to be 100 per cent committed because we know it’s always close games whoever they play.
“We have time now to refocus. We’ve got a long training week and maybe the manager can bring some more ideas on what he wants on the pitch.”
Rangnick stated he couldn’t promise United would rebound to finish in the top four and avoid missing out on the Champions League’s riches next season.
“I cannot make any guarantees. Look at today’s performance, if I say we are 100 percent convinced we will finish in the top four, I don’t know if people will believe that,” said the German.
“For me it is about taking the next steps and getting better. I knew this could be and would hard but today’s game showed we still have a long way to go.”