Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney has issued a late rallying cry to his teammates, urging them to improve their performances or risk a spot in Europe, according to reports from the Express.
Their latest loss to Swansea City has put their top four finish in jeopardy, as the Red Devils will face Sunderland at Old Trafford ahead of a tough set of fixtures in the following weeks.
Manager Louis van Gaal will have to be wary as he prepares his side for their upcoming matches, which could push Man United further down the table if result fail to go their way.
Out of their next seven clashes, United will meet the likes of Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool, Manchester City, Chelsea, Everton, and also an FA Cup quarter-final tie against Arsenal.
Rooney revealed that he and his teammates must do a lot better against the Black Cats if they are to finish in the top four and ensure their return to the Champions League.
“We need to hit back next week. It is a must-win game.
“There are still a lot of games to go and we have to bounce back from this quickly, go on another good run and try to keep us in a good position to finish in that top four,” he said.
Spurs are in seventh place with 44 points, Liverpool in sixth on 45, the Saints in fifth with 46, while United lie in fourth with 47, igniting an exciting race for the final spot in the top four.