Juan Mata issues Man United rallying cry ahead of Crystal Palace clash

Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata isn't taking Crystal Palace lightly ahead of next weekend's trip to Selhurst Park

Juan Mata has warned Manchester United that there will be no room for complacency ahead of next weekend’s trip to Crystal Palace.

The Red Devils played out a goalless draw with Manchester City in Sunday’s derby as Chris Smalling and Jesse Lingard came closest to making a breakthrough.

United are in fourth place and five points clear of seventh-placed Crystal Palace ahead of their game against Alan Pardew’s side in south-east London next Saturday.

And Mata, who started the derby but was replaced in the 67th minute at Old Trafford, warned the Red Devils to expect a tough test despite Palace’s 1-0 defeat by Leicester City.

“They have started the season high up in the table, despite losing their last game, I’m sure they will try to defeat us to keep in the top positions,” Mata wrote in his blog, One Hour Behind.

“Nothing but a win is what we’re aiming for.”

Mata has scored three goals and has made three assists in 10 Premier League games this season.

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The Red Devils are two points behind leaders City after their goalless draw in the Manchester derby.

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