David de Gea has challenged his Manchester United teammates to keep up their good form as they enter the latter stage of the campaign.
Last week, United recorded a similarly impressive victory over Derby in the FA Cup, beating the Rams 3-1. De Gea urged his teammates to “keep this run going”.
“We tried to score as soon as possible, and we did that. We got the early goal and that made it easier for us,” De Gea said after the Stoke clash.
“It was probably one of our best games this season, but we need to keep this level like I said before, because we have really good players in attack – quick, powerful, and they score a lot of goals.
“We always have the confidence. But in the last couple of games we have scored three goals and I think it’s been really important to us, and given confidence to us to keep this run going.
“The victory [over Stoke] is a perfect start [to the month], we wanted these three points. We need to keep fighting and playing like this, and for sure we will win more games.”
It was clear that Louis van Gaal released the shackles from his players for the games against Derby and Stoke and the rewards were there for everyone to see.
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that United are much better when allowed the freedom to express themselves and the hope is that van Gaal has learned the error of his ways ahead of the trip to Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea on Sunday.