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MUTV Group Chat: It's great to see the players smiling

Wednesday 01 July 2020 20:00

Former Manchester United players Wes Brown, David May, Ben Thornley and Danny Webber are delighted to see the Reds playing so well at present and believe we are ideally placed to achieve this season's remaining objectives.

The quartet were joined by host Mark Sullivan for the latest MUTV Group Chat, and offered their thoughts on Tuesday’s impressive 3-0 win over Brighton & Hove Albion.

“It was brilliant from the start,” Wes reflected. “They completely took control. Brighton tried to defend quite deep, but the way we moved the ball with the three midfielders, and Mason [Greenwood] cutting in, it was just a bit too much for them.

“We have confidence in the team from the last few performances since we’ve come back and it was just really good.”
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Maysie was similarly enthused and is a big fan of the line-up Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has selected in our last two Premier League games.

“I honestly think that’s our strongest team,” said the former defender. “Mason has come in and scored a goal. That puts pressure on Dan James when he comes in because he has to perform.

“You need competition in all positions. If a player comes in and scores a goal or creates something, they’re more likely to stay in.”

Danny Webber believes Tuesday’s performance shows how much the Reds have developed under Ole’s stewardship.

“These were the games, you go back over the last four or five years and we’d be expected to win, but we’d come away deflated because we hadn’t got the result,” he said.
“We’d always do well against the top teams, but these results [against lower-placed teams] would stop us getting where we wanted to get. Now, we swept aside Sheffield United - who are a good side - and then Brighton yesterday.

“I just think we’ve got the mentality right at this time. It can only get better! It’s just good to watch us scoring goals and people playing with a smile on their faces. We’re moving in the right direction.”

With the race for the remaining Champions League spots still up for grabs, Ben Thornley believes United can catch not only Chelsea in fourth, but third-placed Leicester City.

“They [Leicester] are struggling at the moment," he said. “They’re not scoring goals or picking up points at the minute. I think Wolves, ourselves and Chelsea are looking to knock Leicester beneath all three of us.
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“Leicester have got a difficult game tonight against Everton. We know what Wolves are like, they don’t score many goals, but they don’t concede many goals. They have a similar run-in to us.

“I think what will be interesting is what happens if those four get jigged around a bit. The last fixture throws us up against Leicester and Chelsea against Wolves. That could definitely sort out who gets the European places, depending on what happens with Man City.”

Maysie is also hoping our excellent league form is extended to the cup competitions, with United set to play Chelsea in the semi-finals of the FA Cup later this month.

“I think the three games before the semi-final are all very winnable games,” he said. “If you can win those games, that extends the unbeaten run to 18 games.

“I think coming towards the end of the season, you need momentum, and we’ve got that. Yeah, Chelsea are a good team, but at Wembley, with a big open pitch, I can only see us winning.”

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“I just think we’ll have a bit too much for them,” Wes agreed. “We’ll go into that very high on confidence. I think we’ll make plenty of chances to score and that’s the main thing at the moment, with the lads putting them away, I just think we’ll have too much. But it’ll be a tight game and they’re going to really want to win it.”

Watch the video at the top of this page for more in-depth analysis of the topics in the article, plus the group's thoughts on Fernandes, Greenwood and Nemanja Matic.

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