Luke Shaw knows Manchester United must raise their game if they are to beat Brighton for the second time in five days.
United needed a 100th-minute penalty from Bruno Fernandes, scored after the final whistle had gone, to beat Graham Potter's side 3-2 in a game they were lucky to win.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side return to the Amex Stadium in the EFL Cup, with left-back Shaw acknowledging the need for United to produce a much-improved performance.
“It was a game that was very important points-wise, although obviously we as players and the manager know we can perform much better,” said Shaw.
“The most important thing was the three points and we got that in the end.
“It felt great to win the game right at the end, we haven’t done that in a while. It’s a good three points for us, but we need to be performing better.
“Brighton are a really good team, they played really good football and had a lot of chances.
“But we dug deep, we stuck together and we kept going to the end.
“Even when it went to 2-2, it could have been easier for us to be frustrated and disappointed and not try to push for another chance.
“We got it and, thankfully, we got the VAR replay and we got the win.”
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While the Premier League and Champions League remain their priorities this term, Shaw acknowledged the importance of the EFL Cup in potentially yielding a first trophy under Solskjaer.
“Of course it’s a competition we want to win,” Shaw told MUTV.
“But I think it gives the manager that opportunity to give chances to other players that are on the bench and on the fringe, who are training very hard to get chances.
“I think games like this are perfect for them. It’s good that we’ve got a very strong squad with players who are ready to play and are ready to take their chance.
“I’m sure the players are looking forward to that on Wednesday.
“Matches are coming thick and fast and, like I say, they’re competitions that we want to be strong in, we want to be winning and be challenging in.
“But it’s also a chance for players to get game time and sharpness.
“I think that’s something those younger players need to smell and know, with this manager, they’re going to get a chance.
“They’re always working hard, always pushing themselves and I think they know they’ll get a chance if they keep working.
“Hopefully we can see some more youngsters on Wednesday and they can show what they can do.”
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