Tom Cleverley admits Manchester United must 'win every game'

Qualification for next year's Champions League is looking increasingly difficult

Tom Cleverley admits Manchester United need to win every one of their remaining games this season.

United's goalless draw at Arsenal was creditable given that the Gunners have lost just once at home this term, but the fact remains that David Moyes' team are now even bigger outsiders in the race for Champions League football.

The last time United failed to qualify for European football's blue riband competition was in 1995 when Cleverley was just six years old.

To make sure the team make the grade this term, the United midfielder thinks the Red Devils must win all their remaining games, including their meetings with Liverpool, Manchester City and Everton.

"We need to win every game from now on," said Cleverley, who was dismayed to hear about Steven Gerrard's match-winning strike at Craven Cottage when he came off the pitch at the Emirates.

"Liverpool getting a last-minute winner is disappointing for us. Our result isn't the worst in the world but we need to start winning games fast.

"We showed we are resilient, that we are still fighting for every point but unfortunately we have lost more ground on the teams around us so we have to really get our heads down and start winning quickly at Crystal Palace in 10 days."

Although Moyes is yet to admit it publicly, United have next to no chance of retaining their Barclays Premier League title.

The bookmakers rate United as 450-1 shots, and they rarely get things wrong.

The obvious secondary target for the reigning champions is now a top-four finish - something the bookmakers also do not think United have much chance of achieving.

Moyes' team sit 11 points off fourth-placed Liverpool with 12 matches left, but the United boss hopes a warm-weather training camp will help his players, who looked leggy towards the end of the Arsenal game, recharge their batteries.

Cleverley recalls that United only lost two of their final 15 matches following a January camp in Qatar last year and the 24-year-old is hoping for a similar impact from the trip to Dubai.

"We will get some warm weather training, we will be getting the lads together, and it will help team spirit," the England midfielder said.

"We did it last year and it had a good effect on us so hopefully it will have the same effect this year."

Cleverley and the other midfielders in Moyes' squad have been the reason behind United's rapid decline this season, according to many.

Moyes himself admitted earlier this month that he wanted to add a central midfielder to his squad in January even though he signed Marouane Fellaini for £27.5million in the previous transfer window.

Cleverley and Michael Carrick performed well at the Emirates, though, stifling the creativity of the likes of Mesut Ozil, Jack Wilshere and Santi Cazorla.

Carrick has not been fazed by the criticism that he and his midfield partners receive.

"We get stick all the time. We are used to it," the former Tottenham midfielder said.

"I thought we did a good job against Arsenal, not just in midfield as a unit but as a team.

"Robin (van Persie) and Wayne (Rooney) took up good positions. At the same time we had to defend as well.

"We limited them to not much space around the box and not many chances. You could see their fans were getting frustrated. That is when I thought we might have nicked one and made it a fantastic night."

PA

Suggested Topics
Arts and Entertainment
Attenborough with the primates
tvWhy BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
News
Campbell: ‘Sometimes you have to be economical with the truth’
newsFormer spin doctor says MPs should study tactics of leading sports figures like José Mourinho
Sport
football
Life and Style
Agretti is often compared to its relative, samphire, though is closer in taste to spinach
food + drink
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
News
Kelly Osbourne will play a flight attendant in Sharknado 2
people
News
Down-to-earth: Winstone isn't one for considering his 'legacy'
people
News
The dress can be seen in different colours
i100
Sport
Wes Brown is sent-off
football
Voices
Lance Corporal Joshua Leakey VC
voicesBeware of imitations, but the words of the soldier awarded the Victoria Cross were the real thing, says DJ Taylor
Life and Style
Alexander McQueen's AW 2009/10 collection during Paris Fashion Week
fashionMeet the collaborators who helped create the late designer’s notorious spectacles
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003
Barbara Woodward: Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with the growing economic superpower

Our woman in Beijing builds a new relationship

Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with growing economic power
Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer. But the only British soldier to be awarded the Victoria Cross in Afghanistan has both

Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer

Beware of imitations, but the words of the soldier awarded the Victoria Cross were the real thing, says DJ Taylor
Alexander McQueen: The catwalk was a stage for the designer's astonishing and troubling vision

Alexander McQueen's astonishing vision

Ahead of a major retrospective, Alexander Fury talks to the collaborators who helped create the late designer's notorious spectacle
New BBC series savours half a century of food in Britain, from Vesta curries to nouvelle cuisine

Dinner through the decades

A new BBC series challenged Brandon Robshaw and his family to eat their way from the 1950s to the 1990s
Philippa Perry interview: The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course

Philippa Perry interview

The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef recreates the exoticism of the Indonesian stir-fry

Bill Granger's Indonesian stir-fry recipes

Our chef was inspired by the south-east Asian cuisine he encountered as a teenager
Chelsea vs Tottenham: Harry Kane was at Wembley to see Spurs beat the Blues and win the Capital One Cup - now he's their great hope

Harry Kane interview

The striker was at Wembley to see Spurs beat the Blues and win the Capital One Cup - now he's their great hope
The Last Word: For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?

Michael Calvin's Last Word

For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?
HIV pill: Scientists hail discovery of 'game-changer' that cuts the risk of infection among gay men by 86%

Scientists hail daily pill that protects against HIV infection

Breakthrough in battle against global scourge – but will the NHS pay for it?