Manchester: After enduring two back-to-back defeats, Manchester United midfielder Daley Blind feels that the team needs to win the tie against West Bromwich Albion at Old Trafford on Saturday for the fans.
Manchester United’s Daley Blind. PIC/Getty Images
“When you lose 3-0 at Everton then you are very disappointed, that’s true,” he said.
“We want to make it right in the next game. I think the team wants to show a reaction to the last two games. It is the first time this season that we have lost twice in a row, but now we have a home game with the crowd behind us.
“We saw how our fans reacted in the game at Everton. They were amazing, they were there until the end and I think that is great support. We have to pay them back by winning against West Brom,” said the Dutch international.
Though Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal feels that United were a bit flat during the warm-up at Everton, and were subsequently outplayed by the Toffees.
“It is always hard to say as you are not going into the game with the feeling that we are only going to give 50 per cent.
“But I understand what the manager means. I can talk for the team and say that everybody knows what has to be done against West Brom, and everybody wants to give 100 per cent in every game,” said Blind.
Meanwhile, Van Gaal agrees with experts who predict his side should be challenging for the Premier League title in 12 months. Van Gaal’s team is on the brink of a top-four finish and a place in the Champions League next year — a far cry from the disappointment of last season under David Moyes when they finished seventh. He is aware that his team has suffered badly from a crippling injury list that has so far seen 68 incidents of players missing games through injuries.
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