After an uncomfortable week of prodding and probing in the wake of the shock defeat at Brighton, a packed Old Trafford expected a response from Jose Mourinho‘s side.
Instead, United’s inability to capitalise on a bright start saw Spurs exploit their defensive frailties in a whirlwind second half.
Harry Kane’s header was complemented by a Lucas Moura brace in a 3-0 defeat that represents the biggest home defeat of Mourinho’s entire managerial career.
It ratchets up the pressure on the United boss and his team ahead of Sunday’s trip to Burnley, where left-back Shaw knows a response is needed.
“You always see a lot of things in the media that go on about what our dressing room is like,” the 23-year-old said.
“But, look, we have a really good spirit, a really good group of lads and a group that want to work, want to achieve big things here.
“We have a really good group and yeah of course we’ll reflect on our day off (on Tuesday) and we’ll come back in on Wednesday.
“We’ve got a really good group, a good group of hard workers and amazing talents everywhere you look on the field.
“We’ve just got to start taking our chances and I am sure we will start winning more games.”
Shaw believes it should have been “game over” by half-time as United impressed against a frustrated Spurs side.
But, ultimately, defensive and mental brittleness saw Mourinho’s men collapse, with just 133 seconds between the visitors’ first and second goals.
“The first corner they had comes the goal,” Shaw told MUTV.
“Even then, we should have been relaxed, I think. ‘Look, it’s only one goal, we’ve still got a lot of time’ and then comes maybe another mistake.
“Another silly, stupid goal. We were so on top and it’s just disappointing, really disappointing.
“Everyone in the dressing room is really sad, especially after the first half we had and especially a big thank you to the fans for the way they supported us, even when we were down 3-0, was amazing.
“At the final whistle as well, the way they were clapping the team was I think really respectful and really nice for us as players to receive after a disappointing result.
“And obviously to the fans that came out tonight, we’re sorry, we’ll be better next week.
“We’ll improve, we’ll keep working hard. It’s early in the season so we’ve got a lot of games to come and a lot of positive things from tonight.
Last night hurt. But I just wanna thank the fans for your amazing support it doesn’t go unnoticed. We will bounce back 👍🏽❤️— Luke Shaw (@LukeShaw23) 28 August 2018
“But we’ve got to get points and tonight’s result wasn’t good enough.
“Like I said, I am sorry for the fans, not just the ones here but the ones at home that have been watching and supporting us.
“It wasn’t good tonight and we’ll look at that over the next week and bounce back against Burnley.”
Shaw will surely get another chance to start this weekend after another bright United display, while an England recall when Gareth Southgate names his first squad since the World Cup on Thursday would be deserved.
“Tonight, personally for me, I don’t really care about my performance,” Shaw said. “I care more about the result and as a team.
“We need to pick up points, especially with two losses now. We need to look next week to win and win in a good way.
“I think we played really well in the first half and if we keep playing like that, and we take our chances, then we have got to win games.”
Press Association Sport looks at how the France World Cup winner fared in the 3-0 defeat at home to Tottenham.
One raking, left-footed crossfield effort straight to the feet of Luke Shaw was the highlight of the first half but he also played one free-kick 20 yards square straight to Lucas Moura 10 yards inside the United half. He did not do enough to open up Tottenham when United were dominating possession.
Paul Pogba first half highlights v Tottenham pic.twitter.com/j5pmUhlz6g— JAMES LUFC MOT (@Jimlufc) August 27, 2018
He was a peripheral figure for the opening 20 minutes but gradually found a way into the game and started to gain control in midfield. However, when the game began to get away from the hosts the Frenchman had no response.
He forced Hugo Lloris into the first save of the match with a low, 20-yard effort and clipped another long-range effort wide early in the second half. He got forward more in the second half but could not carve out a decent chance.
United were in desperate need of a response following a shock defeat at Brighton that led to heightened scrutiny on the manager, key players and background operations.
Mourinho looked to have got the desired response from his players, only for United to unravel in the second half as Harry Kane’s header was complemented by Lucas Moura’s brace as Tottenham ran out 3-0 victors.
“You’re getting sacked in the morning” chanted the visiting fans after Spurs piled the pressure on the Portuguese and ended their run of four successive Old Trafford defeats.
While Mauricio Pochettino’s men enjoy a 100 per cent start to the campaign, this is just the second season in Premier League history that United have lost more than one of their opening three matches – a result few could have imagined during the hosts’ bright start.
Romelu Lukaku should have scored in a first half in which Phil Jones was fortunate not to give away a penalty for a foul on Moura, but the Brazilian would have the last laugh.
Kane’s headed opener was followed up by Moura striking home 133 seconds later, setting up a victory that the Brazilian added gloss to as the clock wound down to ratchet up the pressure on United.