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11/01/2014 21:45, Report by Mark Froggatt
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Fletch: Solidarity is key

After a first half of few meaningful chances, United turned up the heat after the break and deservedly took the lead on 47 minutes through Antonio Valencia’s back-post strike, before Danny Welbeck wrapped up the victory with an expertly flicked finish just before the hour-mark.

Thereafter the Reds had several clear-cut chances to enhance that lead and improve the goals tally, most notably when Chris Smalling blazed over from close-range prior to Shinji Kagawa’s shot being cleared off the line moments later. Being more clinical in front of goal is something, Fletcher says, the players must continue to work on.

“That was spoken about at the end of the game," he revealed. "We have to reiterate that we can’t just be giving up chances like that, we really having to finish teams off by scoring three, four or five goals if we get the opportunity. 

“Although we won 2-0 and we are happy, that is a performance and a level that we should be hitting every week so we are not getting too carried away. We have got to look to that and keep that level of performance next week against Chelsea.”

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