David de Gea insists Manchester United ‘have to start making these games count’ after poor display in Newcastle draw – as goalkeeper issues rallying cry to his team-mates ahead of Premier League clash with Burnley
- Manchester United host Burnley in the Premier League on Thursday night
- The Red Devils go into the clash looking to atone for Monday’s draw at Newcastle
- United sit seventh in the league table – seven points off fourth-placed Arsenal
David de Gea has issued a rallying cry to his Manchester United team-mates, urging them to do better after Monday night’s disappointing draw at Newcastle United.
The Red Devils were held to a 1-1 affair at St. James’ Park – but in truth were fortunate to leave the north east with a point.
De Gea had to be at his best to deny Newcastle victory – a result that sees United’s hopes of a top-four finish out of their hands.
David de Gea has given a rallying cry to his Man United team-mates after drawing at Newcastle
United dropped two points in the top-four race on Monday night after drawing 1-1 at Newcastle
De Gea was at his brilliant best to deny Newcastle winning the match with a few fine saves
The Red Devils sit seventh in the Premier League table – seven points behind fourth-placed Arsenal, although they do have two games in hand.
Ralf Rangnick’s side now turn their attentions to hosting Burnley at Old Trafford on Thursday night and De Gea has called for he and his team-mates to do better.
‘We have to start making these games count,’ he wrote on Instagram. ‘We go again on Thursday.’
Speaking after Monday’s draw, United captain Harry Maguire admitted that the visitors ran out of steam against Newcastle.
It was their first outing for 16 days after a coronavirus outbreak which prompted the club to close their Carrington training complex – Victor Lindelof was absent on Tyneside after testing positive – but it was the lowly Magpies, playing for the fourth time in 16 days and depleted by Covid and injuries, who very nearly secured just a second win of the campaign.
Maguire told Manchester United’s official website: ‘No 16-day break in the middle of a football season is going to help you.
Harry Maguire (L) admitted a 16-day Covid-19 break had done Manchester United no favours
‘The training ground has been shut and half the lads playing today are recovering from the virus, so of course it’s not going to help us.
‘We’ve had people with symptoms, people without symptoms – it’s been a real mixed bag for everyone at the football club and it’s been a tough time.
‘But you can’t make excuses for sloppy passes and the opportunities that we had, especially in the first half.
‘We’ve got to stay on the ball, we’ve got to stay active and we’ve got to play the ball in their half and we didn’t manage to do that.
‘You can look at that and ask whether the last 16 days had a big impact on that because it looked like we ran out of steam out there.
‘A point in the end is a fair result, but it’s a result that we’re disappointed with.’
Maguire and his United team-mates could only take a point away from Newcastle on Monday