Darren Fletcher insists it is crucial Manchester United do not add to the run of draws that has hindered their progress this season.
Despite boasting a 25-match unbeaten streak which stretches back to last season's title-losing reverse against Chelsea, the Red Devils have been unable to win half their games in the Premier League this term.
Their sixth draw of the campaign came in Wednesday's dour goalless Manchester derby, a result which allowed leaders Chelsea to re-establish a four-point advantage at the top of the table, and midfielder Fletcher is adamant United need more than a point from their trip to Aston Villa on Saturday to stay in the title race.
"People are talking about us not losing but we have drawn too many, especially away from home," said Fletcher.
"We have to start winning our away games if we want to push up this league.
"You can't afford to draw too many games, otherwise you will get left behind.
"Overall, you would be better winning two games out of three and losing the other one rather than winning one and drawing two.
"That is why we were disappointed on Wednesday.
"We could have got the win and felt we produced a performance good enough to get us one."
United have not lost at Villa Park since the opening day of the 1995-96 campaign, but Scotland captain Fletcher knows his side cannot afford to be complacent.
"It is a really good ground to play at," he said. "It is a fantastic setting that has a good feel to it.
"The pitch is always good and every match seems like a big occasion.
"You can't explain why you have a good record at some grounds but not others but the important thing is not to take it for granted.
"We can't just expect to win because it is Villa Park."
Fletcher has already racked up 16 appearances for the Red Devils this term, 15 of them coming as a member of Sir Alex Ferguson's starting line-up, but the 26-year-old insists he has no complaints over his taxing start to the campaign.
"I am coping fine and loving every minute," he added.
"I feel good and my energy levels are good. Because my pre-season was uninterrupted, my fitness is high, so I have not had a problem at all.
"You have to make a conscious effort to be sure your body is ready for each game, but that is easier purely due to the medical facilities we have at the training ground.
"Everyone loves playing and you are certainly not going to hear any complaints from me about too many matches."