Mata insists City can still be challenged

Annette Crawford
December 7, 2017

Mata scored against Manchester City in a 4-2 win for United in April 2015.

"We are doing what we have to do", said Mata, as quoted by theEvening Standard. "Hopefully we can do it".

"It's a very special game, we all know that, especially because of the position we both are in the table".

His ominous confidence instantly carried onto the football pitch, as the 36-year-old spearheaded Manchester United to winning the League Cup and Europa League last season and as a result he was rewarded with a 12 month contract extension. We play at Christmastime every two or three days and we need to be ready for that.

"We play against Manchester City at Old Trafford and it's one of those games that everyone wants to play".

France worldwide Pogba, though, will miss the match as he begins a three-game suspension following his red card at Arsenal last weekend, and while Mata would have preferred the playmaker be part of the day, he remains confident of his other team-mates abilities. "If we arrive in a position where we want to be in February or March then we can talk about if we won on Saturday and they won on Sunday". We need to look at the bigger picture.

Though he didn't score Lukaku's pressing and link-up play were vital in the win over Arsenal
Though he didn’t score Lukaku’s pressing and link-up play were vital in the win over Arsenal

Mata believes another team will take points away from them soon, even if Jose Mourinho's United fail to do so on Sunday.

City are now eight points clear of second-placed United in the Premier League.

One of Mourinho's first games in charge was the 2016 Community Shield at Wembley against Premier League champions Leicester. Mata was named as a substitute by Mourinho, but came on after 63 minutes to replace goalscorer Jesse Lingard.

If you're a neutral and you're rooting for history and the opportunity to observe elite dominance, then you must be supporting the visitors, City. It's hard for everyone to win every single game so we are waiting for that. "It's a insane league and it's too early to think that it's finished", Mata said.

"We are doing what we have to do", the Spaniard added.

"Now, especially on Sunday and during Christmastime, which we all know how hard it is to win every single game, we need to keep that pace if we want to be in a position to challenge for the title at the end of the season. Hopefully we can do it".


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