David de Gea demands improvement ahead of United-Barcelona clash

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - JANUARY 02: David De Gea of Manchester United reacts during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Manchester United at St. James Park on January 2, 2019 in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea demands better from his team-mates after a scrappy 2-1 win against West Ham.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side ended a run of back-to-back defeats on Saturday in somewhat unspectacular fashion by beating West Ham at Old Trafford.

Although it was far from United’s finest performance, with De Gea coming to the rescue in brilliantly saving Michail Antonio’s 77th-minute header to deny the hosts an unexpected defeat.

Paul Pogba struck twice from the spot to give United all three points and keep their top-four hopes strong.

For De Gea, though, this display was simply unacceptable and cannot be repeated at Camp Nou on Tuesday night.

United will head over to Barcelona this week needing to overcome a 1-0 aggregate deficit in the return leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie after losing the opening fixture at home last Wednesday.

“Of course it’s difficult, but if you want to be a top team you have to play big Champions League games, and the weekend after it’s the Premier League,” said De Gea, according to Daily Mirror.

“So you have to be focused and ready for a difficult game again. I think today we didn’t play well, we have to improve a lot and now we have a big challenge on Tuesday.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 21: Chris Smalling and Nemanja Matic of Manchester United look dejected during the Premier League match between Everton FC and Manchester United at Goodison Park on April 21, 2019 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Matic takes blame for Manchester United defeat to Everton

Manchester United was humiliated 4-0 by Everton in today's English Premier League fixture, and the midfielder says his team lacks leadership.

“We will try to fight and win the game. We can go with more confidence after the three points.

“It’s a big challenge, a special occasion, in Spain, against Barcelona, a Champions League night, so it’s going to be an amazing game.

“We’re happy with the win, but at the same time we have to improve a lot.”

On the Red Devils’ top-four hopes, De Gea said: “It’s nothing to the end now, just five games, a difficult schedule, difficult games.

“We need to be really focused, give 100 per cent every game and try to win all of them.”