AXEL TUANZEBE says Manchester United’s next match against Premier League leaders Liverpool will be a ‘brutal’ game which they ‘must win’.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s under pressure squad head into the international break on a real low after losing 1-0 on Sunday to a Newcastle team tipped by many to go down this season.
They return to action at Old Trafford on October 20 mired in mid-table and with the considerable challenge of stopping Jurgen Klopp’s team, who have won all eight of their league games to open up an eight-point lead at the top of the table.
But although United are enduring their worst start to a league campaign in 30 years — which was also the season that last saw Liverpool claim the title — Tuanzebe (pictured) admits they cannot afford to think about anything other than beating their old rivals.
‘We go back to the drawing board. The international break [is] time for us to regroup,’ the defender said.
‘The next game is Liverpool. We definitely want to get a result in that game. It’s always a big game. Through my academy stages, Liverpool is a must-win. It’s a brutal game. It wasn’t a tippy-tappy game, no matter what age group.
‘Obviously coming here to the first team, I expect more of the same. It will be a game where we need to grind it out and stick together and produce a result.’
Solskjaer will hope injuries ease ahead of the Liverpool showdown, with Paul Pogba, Anthony Martial, Jesse Lingard, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Victor Lindelof and Luke Shaw all unavailable at Newcastle.
‘We’re waiting for players to come back and that will be a positive to strengthen the squad,’ Tuanzebe, 21, added.
‘[It] gives us time to reflect and build on our game because again we’re having a lot of possession but we need to have that penetration in the final third.’