Luke Shaw has acknowledged that Manchester United’s players have failed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer this season.
United have nine wins in 25 Premier League games and have picked up just one point from their last three league matches.
Their poor results have left them languishing in ninth place, six points behind fourth-placed Chelsea.
Solskjaer has taken the brunt of the criticism in recent weeks, with several pundits questioning his managerial credentials.
The Norwegian is now fighting for his future at Old Trafford, with Mauricio Pochettino and Max Allegri reportedly on United’s radar.
However, Shaw has called on his team-mates to take more responsibility for their struggles instead of hanging Solskjaer out to dry.
“We’re all aware how the manager has tried to take the criticism on himself this season,” Shaw told the Daily Mirror.
“We admire him for that, but there does come a time as a player when you have to look at yourself and realise that it’s all on you.
“The manager can’t keep defending us and taking the criticism.
“It’s up to us now – we’re the ones who need to shoulder the blame and start performing on the pitch.”
Shaw and the rest of the United squad will hope to ease the pressure on Solskjaer by beating Chelsea at Stamford Bridge tonight.