Manchester United star David de Gea has insisted the match against Bournemouth is the perfect opportunity to bounce back from last Sunday’s miserable result.
Jose Mourinho’s men fell to a shock loss against West Brom that saw their chances for a top four spot drop a little despite their advantage over the other teams.
United know that anything short of second place would be deemed a failure and face Eddie Howe’s side in need of all three points.
De Gea has been one of the team’s better players this season with it hardly ever being his fault for the squad’s overall inconsistencies.
However, as poor as the result against the Baggies was, he’s made a rallying call to his teammates to prove their worth against their opponents on Wednesday evening.
Speaking to MUTV, De Gea said: “It [West Brom result] was a tough one to take. It was a real blow and we’re all a bit down. It was such an unexpected defeat.
“But the good thing is we have got a game coming right up on the back of this defeat. It’s a real chance to lift ourselves and get back to winning ways.
“[Bournemouth] have had a really good season, especially in the performances and the results they’ve gained at home. They’re quick all over the field, they’ve got some speedy forwards. Quite a few of the front players have got a good eye for goal, as well.
“It’s not an easy place to go. It’s quite a small, compact place, a difficult ground to go and get a result. All that considered, we’ve still got to make sure that we perform well to try and get those three points. That’s the key.
“What we have got to make sure of now is that we finish second this season. That’s what we’ve got to hope for league-wise. So we’ve got to make sure we put in a good performance and get the win midweek and make sure we hold on to that second place.”
Manchester United are a single point ahead of third placed Liverpool but do have a game in hand to extend that to four points.
Fourth placed Tottenham are four points behind with Mourinho’s side holding a game in hand over them as well so the loss against West Brom wasn’t as devastating as it could’ve been.
Despite that, United need a win not just for the points but to head into their FA Cup semi-final match against Tottenham in relatively good form.