Goalkeeper David de Gea admits that beating Wolves was “massive” but has moved to lower expectations of a Manchester United Premier League title bid.
Tuesday’s 1-0 triumph over the West Midlands club saw the Red Devils move to second in the table. They are just two points behind champions Liverpool and have been tipped to challenge Jurgen Klopp’s side.
It is a far cry from earlier this season when they were closer to the bottom than top of the standings. Indeed, defeat at home to Arsenal on November 1 left then 15th in the table.
It also meant the knives were sharpening for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after three losses in six outings. Things have turned round in no uncertain terms, with seven wins and two draws in an unbeaten run.
And now the Norwegian has to contend with the other end of the spectrum as the press go into overdrive. Talk of a first Old Trafford title since 2013 and the days of Sir Alex Ferguson are rife.
But De Gea prefers to take a more measured stance, with the proverbial ‘one game at a time’ approach.
“We need to be calm. There are still a lot of games to play, big games, and we have the cups as well so there are many, many games,” he told MUTV.
“We have to stay focused and not look forward too much but just look to the next game. So, Aston Villa is the most important thing now.”
Wolves scalp a marker of progress
Wolves have developed into a solid unit under the guidance of Nuno Espirito Santo. They are comfortably in mid table and able to beat most teams on their day.
Therefore, the significance of Tuesday’s triumph, courtesy of Marcus Rashford’s stoppage-time strike, cannot be overstated.
De Gea thinks so and hailed the way his team-mates kept working when a draw seemed the likely result.
“They are a very good team, they defend well, they counter-attack and they have players up front with pace,” he added.
“It was tight. They had some chances but so did we. And scoring in the last minutes is always good. So we get the three points and that is massive for us. You have to fight until the end.”
There is little time for United to rest on their laurels as they entertain Villa on Friday. Dean Smith’s side will pose another serious test as they are unbeaten in five games and drew with Chelsea last time out.
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