Juan Mata states his prediction for Man United v Celta Vigo

Juan Mata looks ahead to Manchester United's crunch Europa League semi-final clash against Celta Vigo on Thursday night

juan mata
Manchester United playmaker Juan Mata Photo: Handout

Juan Mata has warned his Manchester United team-mates that they will have to be at their best when they take on Celta Vigo in their crunch Europa League clash on Thursday night.

The Red Devils head into the game looking to get back to winning ways after the disappointment of their 2-0 loss to Arsenal in the Premier League at The Emirates on Sunday afternoon.

That result dealt another fresh blow to Manchester United’s hopes of finishing in the top four this season and highlighted the importance of the Europa League as a possible route into next season’s Champions League.

Manchester United host the Spanish side at Old Trafford after their 1-0 win over Celta Vigo last week thanks to Marcus Rashford’s second-half free-kick.

But Mata has warned that the Red Devils will need to be at their best if they want to stop Celta Vigo at Old Trafford on Thursday.

Writing in his personal blog, Mata said: We need to play a very solid game against Celta.

“We have an advantage but I’m sure they will come here hoping to turn the tables and they will be a dangerous team.”

MORE: Latest Manchester United news and views

MORE: Football transfer rumours and gossip

Manchester United finished fifth and won the FA Cup under Louis van Gaal last season.

Paul Merson
Paul Merson states his prediction for Chelsea FC v Leicester City in FA Cup final
Paul Pogba
Rene Meulensteen urges Man United to sign 25-year-old this summer
Reece James
Chelsea FC star Reece James sends message to Frank Lampard
Thomas Tuchel
Mark Lawrenson states his prediction for Chelsea FC v Leicester City in FA Cup final
Jadon Sancho
Man United will make offer up to £75m for Borussia Dortmund forward Jadon Sancho - report
Paul Merson
Paul Merson states his prediction for Chelsea FC v Leicester City in FA Cup final
Paul Pogba
Rene Meulensteen urges Man United to sign 25-year-old this summer
Reece James
Chelsea FC star Reece James sends message to Frank Lampard
Thomas Tuchel
Mark Lawrenson states his prediction for Chelsea FC v Leicester City in FA Cup final
Jadon Sancho
Man United will make offer up to £75m for Borussia Dortmund forward Jadon Sancho - report
Top 50 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Man United stars feature
Top 50 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Man United stars feature