David de Gea urges Manchester United to be more clinical after narrow victory over Omonia Nicosia
Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea has urged the Red Devils to be more clinical after a narrow 1-0 victory over Omonia Nicosia. The Cypriot outfit visited Old Trafford on matchday four of the Europa League group stage on 13 October.
Scott McTominay broke Omonia hearts in the 93rd minute as he found the back of the net. The Scotland international came on as a substitute in the 81st minute to replace Casemiro. And his heroics ensured three points for the Red Devils.
However, United had several chances in the game. The Old Trafford side were only denied by a brilliant display from Francis Uzoho in between the sticks for Neil Lennon’s team.
United took 34 shots in the game. The Red Devils had 13 shots on target. And we controlled most of the game. However, the Old Trafford side had to fight until the dying minutes to ensure victory.
United dominated the first half, with Marcus Rashford, Casemiro and Fred all having a pop at the goal. The second half had a similar story, with the likes of Antony, Cristiano Ronaldo and Jadon Sancho unable to break the deadlock.
Speaking to MUTV via Manchester Evening News after the 1-0 win, De Gea, who did not have much to do in the match, was disappointed in the number of chances United missed. He feels the Red Devils should have comfortably sailed past the team from Cyprus.
“I think we should be more clinical today, we could finish the game 3-0 or 4-0.
“In the end, we missed our chances, but we never give up, we keep fighting to the end and it was a great goal from Scott [McTominay].
“Sometimes games are like this, sometimes you create 10 chances, in the other game you create one chance and score a goal. This is football.”
The previous fixture against Omonia at the GSP Stadium was also a tight affair for United. However, we managed to beat them 3-2 after being a goal down at halftime.
The Red Devils also made it difficult for themselves against Everton. United went into the break 2-1 up. But the Old Trafford side did not create much in the second half. So we had to hold on to the lead in the final minutes, with Frank Lampard’s team threatening our goal.
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