Manchester United left-back Luke Shaw has urged his team-mates to start at full throttle against Watford on Sunday.
After a strong start to the season under Jose Mourinho, Man United have stumbled in the last week losing back to back games to rivals Manchester City and Feyenoord.
Mourinho’s side will be looking forward to getting back on track after a tormenting week and Shaw feels the only way to do so is with a strong start at Vicarage Road.
The 21-year-old, who has started all of United’s Premier League games so far, feels the teams lack of momentum in the first 45 minutes led to their narrow defeats.
“We need to start the game sharp,” he said.
“The last two games we’ve played, we haven’t made the best of starts especially in the first half, and we need to change that.
“It was frustrating to watch (against Feyenoord). We didn’t have many chances against us and their goal was a clear offside – we were unfortunate with that.
“We created a couple of chances, not many but the ones we had were quite clear. We were unlucky not to score.
“Both games are gone now and we need to look forward. We need to focus on ourselves and how we start.
“We need to get off to a quick start and hopefully get an early goal that would settle us.”
United lost both games last week by narrow margins after they failed to take charge of the game during the first-half, giving the opposition enough time on the ball to advantage. Although his sides have come out stronger in the second-half, United haven’t been able to take back the lead in the game.
Mourinho and his men will look to change the recent run of results by starting the game with more aggression and intent against Watford, as Shaw has urged.
After last week’s 4-2 away win against West Ham a confident Watford side will not make it easy for the United. However, the team have plenty of quality in all parts of the pitch to bring home the desired result.