CL: Manchester United need killer instinct, says Schweinsteiger

Updated: 09 December, 2015 11:10 IST | PA Sport |

Schweinsteiger wants more goals from Man United forwards as they take on Wolfsburg in a crucial Champions League tie tonight

Wolfsburg: Bastian Schweinsteiger says Manchester United must forget talk of a title challenge unless they rediscover their killer instinct in front of goal.

Bastian Schweinsteiger (right) and Wayne Rooney during a training session recently. Pic/Getty Images
Bastian Schweinsteiger (right) and Wayne Rooney during a training session recently. Pic/Getty Images

That killer instinct must return by the time United take to the field in Wolfsburg on tonight otherwise they are likely to exit the Champions League.

Only victory will guarantee United's progress to the last 16. United dropped to fourth in the Premier League on Saturday after recording their sixth 0-0 draw this season.

Anthony Martial, Jesse Lingard, Marouane Fellaini and Schweinsteiger squandered good opportunities to record a much-needed win.

Missed chances
United missed the chance to go top last weekend when they drew at Leicester and now they are three points behind Claudio Ranieri's side.

Schweinsteiger believes United's poor finishing is costing them dearly.

"In every game we create chances but haven't scored. When that is the case it is not easy to win matches," the United midfielder said.

"The guy who has the opportunity has to feel that they want to score a goal and are going to score.

"If you miss a chance you have to be unhappy. When you are a big striker like (Cristiano) Ronaldo, (Lionel) Messi and Thomas Muller (it is) the same. It is about attitude. They want to score goals. They have quality but they want to score goals. You need the attitude that you want to score.

"The feeling that the players want to score, we need to have more of this. We are trying but we need a goal otherwise you cannot talk about winning a trophy because we should be winning at home to West Ham.

United manager Louis van Gaal is not worried about another no-show from his forwards "A lot of players have missed chances against West Ham," the United manager said.

"We can make a big issue of it but I don't believe we have to do that. I have great confidence that we shall score at Wolfsburg."

First Published: 08 December, 2015 08:34 IST

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