Marouane Fellaini has stressed that while matches like Saturday’s home clash with West Brom are “not easy” for Manchester United, they must find a way to win them.
United were held to a 0-0 draw at Old Trafford by a well-drilled Albion side who sat deep virtually throughout the contest.
It was the eighth time in the Premier League this season the Red Devils have had to settle for a point from a home game, which has included other 0-0 stalemates against Hull and Burnley and 1-1 draws with Bournemouth and Stoke.
And, regarding the Baggies match, United midfielder Fellaini told MUTV: “It’s disappointing, everyone is disappointed.
“We’ve lost a lot of points like that, but that’s football and we have to keep fighting. We have to improve on that.”
He added: “When you play away, the other team tries to attack.
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“It’s not easy to play at Old Trafford, they came to take a point or win with a counter-attack.
“But we have to find a solution to win the game.”
The result, while extending their unbeaten run in the league to 19 games, struck a blow to fifth-placed United’s bid to secure a top-four finish this term, a battle that will resume on Tuesday when they play at home once again, hosting Fellaini’s former club Everton.
They then go up against their old manager David Moyes when they face rock-bottom Sunderland away on Sunday as their schedule of nine matches in April in all competitions continues.
Fellani said: “There are 10 games (left in the league for United), 30 points so we have to keep going.
“There are a lot of big games coming and we have to be ready. There are six points available next week and I hope we can take them.
“It (the match against Everton) will be a tough game. They’re a tough team but every game will be difficult and we have to fight to the end.”
2 – Man United have lost two of their last three PL home games against WBA (W1), this after being unbeaten in the previous seven. Jitters.
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Fellaini played the full duration of Saturday’s match, which saw United – missing the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Paul Pogba and Juan Mata – dominate possession but fail to show much cutting edge in attack.
Boss Jose Mourinho was critical afterwards of his front four of Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard, Anthony Martial and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, and will certainly be glad to have top-scorer Ibrahimovic back available for Tuesday’s game, with his suspension now complete.
As well as the striker, Ander Herrera can also be called upon again after a ban, while it appears fellow midfielder Pogba could make his comeback on Tuesday from a hamstring injury, with the Frenchman having taken part in an Old Trafford training session straight after Saturday’s match.
While United are having a topsy-turvy first league campaign under Mourinho’s management, his West Brom counterpart Tony Pulis has backed the Portuguese to guide them to the title next term.
“I wouldn’t bet against this club (United) winning the league next year,” said Pulis, whose team are eighth in the table.
“I really do feel that he’ll get it (right). It might not be this year but it will be next year.”