Juan Mata issues rallying cry ahead of Man United v Feyenoord

The Manchester United midfielder previews a really important week for Jose Mourinho's players

Juan Mata says Manchester United are preparing for a really important week in the 2016-17 season.

The Red Devils will host Eredivisie side Feyenoord at Old Trafford in the Europa League on Thursday night as Jose Mourinho’s side look to exact revenge for a 1-0 defeat by the Dutch side in their opening European fixture of the campaign.

The three-time European Cup winners lost 2-1 to Turkish Fenerbahce in their most-recent Europa League game before the international break to put their hopes of reaching the knockout phase in doubt.

Mourinho’s men have won just one of their last five Premier League games to leave the Red Devils in sixth place and nine points behind current leaders Chelsea in the title race.

Spain international Mata admitted that Manchester United are facing a crucial week ahead of their clash against Feyenoord before the visit of West Ham United in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon.

“This new week we have two more games at Old Trafford and we want to transmit again to our fans all those things I’m talking about,” Mata wrote in his personal blog One Hour Behind.

“It’s really a privilege to play for a crowd with so much passion who supports the team no matter what, both at home and away. The first game of those two is against Feyenoord. It’s very important if we want to qualify for the next round of the Europa League. The second one is against West Ham, back in the Premier League.”

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Mata scored Manchester United’s opening goal in a 1-1 draw with bitter title rivals Arsenal at Old Trafford in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon.

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