Jesse Lingard insists Manchester United will continue battling for a top-four finish but accepts the trip to Arsenal is a ‘must-win match’.
Promise has been intertwined with disappointment in Jose Mourinho’s first season in the Old Trafford hotseat, with impressive cup displays tempered by Premier League frustrations.
United are in the midst of a 25-match unbeaten top-flight run – a club record within a single season – but their propensity to draw matches has left them a point off a Champions League berth rather than challenging for the title.
The Red Devils have four tough fixtures remaining as they try and sneak into the top four, starting with a trip to Arsenal in which Mourinho intends to rest some players, with the second leg of their Europa League semi-final against Celta Vigo in mind.
The Portuguese believes drawing at home to Swansea last weekend meant they blew their “last chance” to break into the Champions League places, but Lingard suggests the manager is displaying a different attitude within the dressing room despite their precarious position.
Asked if the trip to Arsenal is must win, the England international said: “Yeah, I think so.
“We have got to keep the pressure on the top four, we’re not out of it yet. We have got the belief and the manager believes in us to get there.
“I think from now until the end of the season every game is big. We’ve got to treat them like finals.
“We’ve got to win the games and hopefully we beat Arsenal and can concentrate on the next game.”