Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard issued a rallying call to the squad ahead of Sunday’s trip to Everton in the Premier League.
Following their Champions League quarter-final exit at the hands of Barcelona, United only have a top-four spot in the Premier League left to play for this season.
The Red Devils are in a poor run of form, with five defeats in their last seven outings across all competitions.
But the importance of finishing among the top four teams in the league has never been higher for United, who are reportedly set to back manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer heavily in the summer transfer window.
However, with no Champions League football for next season, the task of attracting top talent over to Old Trafford would seem almost impossible. Therefore, United cannot afford to slip up in their final five league matches.
Coming up in what will likely be viewed as the first of five finals will be ninth-place Everton at Goodison Park.
“I think it’ll be a tough game,” Lingard told MUTV.
“Both teams are fighting for something for the end of the season. It’s just as important for them as it is for us, so we’ll need to be on top form.
“We know what’s on the line and what’s there to be had. Top four is massive, to obviously play in the Champions League next season. It’s a massive competition and United always deserve to be in there.
“Defeats can tend to linger but we know we have a big week ahead, so Ole has tried to take our minds off it and concentrate on Everton, City and Chelsea. They are the three big games that we need to win.
“We’ve got to be at 100 per cent in every game with the mindset to win and get three points, which is the most important thing.”
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) April 19, 2019