Wes Brown says that beating Manchester City in the Carling Cup semi-final last month has given the squad a huge lift as the title run-in begins. With just 13 games to go, including tonight’s crucial match at seventh-placed Aston Villa, Brown says that the squad is brimming with confidence despite the loss to Villa in December.
“Those two games were brilliant,” said Brown, who has made 24 appearances for United in an injury disrupted season.
“Coming off after the second leg knowing we had beaten them and earned a place at Wembley gave everyone a massive lift.”
Defender Brown, who may shift to right-back tonight to accommodate the returning Nemanja Vidic, says that United now must win every game if the team is to win an historic fourth Premier League title in a row.
“Once we get to this stage of the season it is no longer about wanting to win,” he said.
“We have to win. We have to play well and we have to score goals. Recent results mean we have a lot of confidence at the moment. Hopefully we can keep it that way.
“When you look at the table now, anyone could take it, but knowing other teams have dropped points only matters if we keep winning.
“What does gives you a bit of a confidence is knowing that when you go into a game, you finish it by being top.”