Juan Mata issues rallying cry ahead of Man United v West Ham

The Manchester United star wants Jose Mourinho's side to build some momentum with victories over West Ham and Everton

Juan Mata believes beating West Ham United and Everton in their next two games would allow Manchester United to approach the festive period with plenty of optimism.

The Red Devils are looking to return winning ways following back-to-back stalemates with Arsenal and West Ham at Old Trafford in the Premier League.

In fact, the 20-time English champions have only managed to win two of their last 10 games in the English top flight to leave them 11 points behind leaders Chelsea.

Jose Mourinho’s side will host the Hammers for the second time in four days in the EFL Cup quarter-final on Wednesday night before making a tricky trip to Everton in their next Premier League fixture at Goodison Park on Sunday.

And Mata, who captained the Red Devils in their 1-1 draw with West Ham at the weekend, is eyeing successive victories to help build confidence and momentum ahead of the demanding festive schedule.

“Starting with the EFL Cup, again with West Ham, and then visiting Everton next weekend,” Mata wrote in his blog One Hour Behind.

“Two good games would help us to approach the Christmas season with more optimism. That would be very important because these few weeks are going to be very demanding, and every single team in the competition will struggle to get good results.”

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The Red Devils are eight points adrift of fourth-placed Arsenal.

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