Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic believes that the Red Devils have to take more risks in order to end their goalless run of 285 minutes in the Premier League.
The Red Devils encountered another goalless draw against Crystal Palace on Wednesday after their match against Chelsea had ended with a 0-0 scoreline a couple of days back as well.
The last time Manchester United scored was in the 75th minute of their game against Newcastle United on February 21. It was Bruno Fernandes who converted a penalty.
“It’s hard to explain, but I think that we have to do much better in these sorts of games, especially to create more opportunities, to risk more in their half, around their box,” Matic told Premier League’s official website.
“Crystal Palace were very solid at the back. Their midfield dropped in a bit so it was very difficult to break through. We have to give credit to them, but we know what we have to do. We need to do better in attack. We know these are games we have to win.”
United’s next fixture is against arch-rivals Manchester City on Sunday. They will have the chance to bring an end to City’s unbeaten run of 21 games. United also have their own unbeaten streak to take care of as they have now gone unbeaten in 21 games on the road. They have accumulated nine Cleansheets during this period as well.
“I think we defended well as a team, all 11 players. We need to take some positives; we didn’t concede a goal, we got a point,” Matic said.
“During the season, there are periods where you score lots of goals, and you have some periods where you concede some goals, but you need to break that barrier in the next game, if it is possible.
“We have to be focused for the next game because everyone knows we have Manchester City to play. [It’s a] big game and big challenge for us and we want to get three points to see where we are.”
Manchester United are now sitting at the second spot in the table with 51 points, which is 14 points behind table-toppers Manchester City.