Only a win for Manchester United will be good enough, says Marouane Fellaini.
Without a win at Old Trafford since the opening day of the season, in any competition, the Man Utd midfielder says that after eight weeks they have to bring that run to an end.
Despite drawing 0-0 at home to Valencia who are 14th in La Liga, Fellaini claimed that the team ‘showed improvement’, despite rarely threatening the Valencia goal (four shots on target) and only shading the possession stats (52%/48%)
Many Manchester United fans are calling for Jose Mournino to go but Fellaini gives the manager his support, even if it doesn’t sound that convincing, saying ‘I think everybody is behind the manager.’
Man Utd have made their worst start to a league season since the 80s and are already nine points off the top, sitting in mid-table.
Trying to beat Newcastle United ahead of the international break is essential according to Fellaini and after that break, they next play Chelsea away in the Premier League and Juventus home in the Champions League.
Failure against Newcastle would create even more pressure on the Manchester United boss.
“The spirit is there.
“You saw it today (against Valencia) but we have to win on Saturday.
“We put energy, effort, we run forward, we try to score the goal.
“Okay we didn’t…but we have to keep going.
“We have the the next game Saturday (against Newcastle United) and we play every three days, so it is another chance to do better.
“We have to work hard and try to win on Saturday.
“It is always good to win the game before the break for internationals. It’s important.
“Everyone is going in the same direction to try to improve and to do better.
“I think we wanted to show that we are together.
“It was a bad day against West Ham – we were all bad, today (against Valencia) I think we showed improvement and we have to keep going.
“I think everybody is behind the manager.
“We have to do our best and do our job, we showed it today but we have to do better on Saturday.”