Sunday 23 October 2016

We need to fire up

Schweinsteiger tells United to re-discover their killer instinct or face early exit from Europe

Manchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger
Manchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger

Bastian Schweinsteiger admits Manchester United need to find their "killer instinct" in front of goal in Germany tomorrow night if they want to stay in the Champions League.

Louis van Gaal's side, who had a disappointing scoreless draw at home to West Ham on Saturday, are away to Wolfsburg where United could be knocked out, if they fail to beat the Bundesliga side and if PSV Eindhoven better United's result at home to CSKA Moscow.

And German international Schweinsteiger knows that a shot-shy United side need to be more clinical if they are to avoid a painful Champions League exit.

"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.

"We need a goal, otherwise you cannot talk about winning a trophy because we should be winning at home to West Ham.

"Players are not scared in front of goal. It is all about killer instinct. We have players who have the abilities but we need it in every game."

Boss van Gaal, ahead of today's flight to Germany, told his squad to put the misery of the weekend scoreless draw behind them.

"A lot of players have missed chances against West Ham," the United manager said. "We can make a big issue of it but I have great confidence that we shall score at Wolfsburg."

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