Juan Mata makes honest admission about Chelsea v Man United

Juan Mata admits that Manchester United will face a serious test of their FA Cup credentials against Chelsea next month

Juan Mata has admitted that Manchester United are set to have their work cut out if they want to beat Chelsea and reach the semi-finals of the FA Cup.

The Red Devils secured their spot in the last eight of the cup competition on Sunday afternoon thanks to a 2-1 win over Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park.

Jose Mourinho’s men were then pitted against the Blues at Stamford Bridge in the next round.

Former Chelsea star Mata admits that the tie will be a difficult one but he is confident that Mourinho’s men have what it takes to progress.

Writing in his personal blog, Mata said: “We were just leaving Ewood Park when we knew through the social networks our rival in the last eight: Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

“Needless to say, it’s going to be another special game for me.

“This is, without a doubt, one of the most complicated ties we could have, but we will go there with the big motivation of earning a ticket to Wembley and forget the bad taste of our last visit to Stamford Bridge.”

Chelsea were 4-0 winners over Manchester United when the two teams last met at Stamford Bridge earlier in the season.

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The Blues are currently the heavy favourites to win the Premier League title this season after their brilliant start to the new campaign under new boss Antonio Conte, who was named as Mourinho’s permanent successor last summer.

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