MANCHESTER UNITED defender Luke Shaw admits the team "gave up" after just 28 minutes against Tottenham when Anthony Martial was sent off.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side were only 2-1 down at that point when Martial receievd his marching orders for slapping Erik Lamela.

But the Red Devils completely imploded to be on the end of a 6-1 thrashing.

And speaking after the humiliation, left-back Shaw said he was 'embarrassed' to be on the pitch and said the team had 'no character'.

The 25-year-old told Sky Sports: "It was a lack of concentration and then a mistake, another mistake, another mistake.

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"We switched off. It really hurts.

"Manchester United shouldn't lose in this manner. It really hurts, it's embarrassing and we've let a lot of people down.

"We've let ourselves down and the staff down.

"We need to look in the mirror, we are nowhere near it at the moment. Maybe it's lucky that we've got a break now.

"When we went down to 10 men maybe we gave up, there wasn't that character on the pitch. We were too quiet and naive. There was many mistakes, we need to do more.


"It's embarrassing. I was embarrassed on the pitch. We need a long hard look at ourselves."

United legend Gary Neville pulled no punches in a damning assessment, blasting the players as 'spineless' and 'absolutely pathetic'.

The defending was calamitous and the lack of leadership was evident as former boss Jose Mourinho got one over on his former employers in emphatic style.

Neville, who was analyisng the game on Sky Sports, was fuming at the manner of defeat and says there is 'no excuse' for that performance.

The 45-year-old told Sky Sports: "I can't believe we are where we are.

"There's no excuse for those players on that pitch because they were absolutely pathetic. Spineless in that second half.

"I think these players expected to get help [in the transfer window] but they've not helped themselves.

"City and Liverpool pulled away psychologically before the season even started."

United are believed to be close to announcing the double-signing of free agent striker Edinson Cavani and Porto left-back Alex Telles.

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