James admits the Reds must be more clinical
Daniel James says Manchester United need to be more clinical after our 2-0 defeat to Burnley.
Victory against Sean Dyche's side would have taken the Reds to within three points of the top four after Chelsea dropped points against Arsenal on Tuesday night, but goals either side of half-time from Chris Wood and Jay Rodriguez helped the Clarets to a first-ever Premier League win at Old Trafford.
United registered 24 shots to Burnley's five, and James reflected on the team's performance after the match, saying the response to going two goals down wasn't good enough.
“As a team we need to take chances better, we had a lot of shots, we should have got the first goal with the amount of chances we had,” the Wales international told MUTV.
“When we conceded that goal, it wasn’t good enough. We believe from when we were 2-0 down that we could still go on to win the game.
“It happened at Sheffield United, we just have to believe in that but unfortunately it wasn’t there.”
The Premier League now takes a backseat for 10 days, as United tackle an Emirates FA Cup tie at either Tranmere Rovers or Watford on Sunday, before the second leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final against Manchester City next Wednesday.
James admits there are valuable lessons from the Burnley game and says the players will aim to right those wrongs ahead of those two big cup ties.
“It’s still up for grabs, tomorrow we will reflect on this game and see what went wrong. We’ve got two big cup games coming up and we’ve got to go into that with our heads held high.
“The next league game isn’t for a couple of weeks now which is in our mind but it’s about concentrating on the next game.”
“We have got to react, got to be better. We don’t know who we will be playing at the weekend yet but it’s going to be a tough game, next week as well.
James thanked the fans for supporting the side at Old Trafford, even though the result didn’t go our way.
“Every week, home and away, they cheer us and stick by us. We’re going to react from this, we know we weren’t good enough.”
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