Marouane Fellaini admits Manchester United must “find a solution” to their dismal Premier League form at Old Trafford this season.
United, who sit fifth as they prepare to host seventh-placed Everton on Tuesday, have dropped 19 points at home this season to undermine their hopes of a top-four finish and an immediate return to the Champions League via the top-flight.
Jose Mourinho’s side suffered their latest setback at home with Saturday’s goalless draw against West Brom, and midfielder Fellaini admits they cannot afford to see further points go begging against his former club.
“When you play away, the other team tries to attack,” he said. “But we have to find a solution to win a game at Old Trafford when it’s like that.
“There are 10 games, 30 points available, so we have to keep going.
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“There are a lot of big games coming and we have to be ready. There are six points available this week [United go to Sunderland on Sunday] and I hope we can take them.
“It’ll be a tough game against Everton. They’re a tough team, but every game will be difficult and we have to fight to the end and try to do everything.”
Mourinho has already admitted he may be forced to prioritise the Europa League over the Premier League if United — five points behind fourth-placed Man City — become more of a long shot for a top-four place.
With the winners of the Europa League alsogaining automatic entry into a Champions League qualifier, it may be easier for quarter-finalists United to get back among Europe’s elite via that route.
But Fellaini, who gave away a late penalty at Goodison Park this season as Mourinho’s side were held 1-1, said United’s players have not yet given up on the top four.
“It’s disappointing, everyone is disappointed,” said the Belgium international, who spent five years with Everton.
“We’ve lost a lot of points like that, but that’s football and we have to keep fighting. We have two more games to come this week, we can take six points. They’re a very important six points.
“It’s not easy to play at Old Trafford. West Brom came to take a point or win with a counter-attack, and we tried our best.
“We did everything to win the game. The players came back from their national team tired, but we did a good game, but we didn’t win.”