Tom Cleverley says the Reds must move on from the disappointment of conceding a late equaliser at Cardiff and ensure qualification for the knockout stages of the Champions League is secured in Germany on Wednesday night.
David Moyes’ men looked set for a 2-1 victory in the Welsh capital until Kim Bo-Kyung headed home an injury-time equaliser to ensure a share of the spoils for Cardiff. Cleverley told MUTV the late leveller was hard to take, but insists the players will be ready for the test away to Bayer Leverkusen in midweek, knowing victory will seal a spot in the last 16.
“It would have been a massive three points had we been able to hold on, especially because of the teams around us playing one another. Everyone in the dressing room is very disappointed - the result means as much to the players as it does the fans,” he admitted. “It definitely feels like two points dropped, but all credit to Cardiff, they played well and we weren’t at our best.
“We’ve got a really important game coming up on Wednesday and we know we need to get our heads up and make sure that we qualify. It’s good we’ve got that game because you want to try and get a rhythm going and bounce back from a disappointing result. It was a pity that after the Arsenal game we had to wait two weeks to play again so Wednesday can’t come quick enough for us.”