Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea said after yesterday’s 2-0 victory over Brighton & Hove Albion in the English Premier League that his club should compete for more than fourth place. After an unconvincing display and a charming touch from Cristiano Ronaldo in the first goal, Bruno Fernandes scored against ten Brighton players in overtime, to seal United victory at Old Trafford.
The victory comes after two consecutive draws, bringing United to fourth place at the expense of West Ham United, and its tally of 43 points from 25 games, but Arsenal, sixth, is four points behind and has three additional games. “It’s always great to get the three points, especially after a draw in the last games. We are all very happy,” said De Gea, who saved a difficult chance to deny Brighton a lead in the first half.
“We have to compete for more things than the semi-finals, but this is the reality. There are many teams competing for the same position, and with our capabilities, we should have won a lot of points.” United interim coach Ralf Rangnick knows how important a victory is, even if he was frustrated by the mediocre performances over the 90 minutes. “This is a very important victory, and even after the performance of the first half,” the German coach said. “We appeared better in the second half than in the first, and we were rewarded for that. We played more fiercely.” “It was different from what happened in the last three matches,” he added.
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