Juan Mata states his prediction for Man United v Benfica
Juan Mata warns his Manchester United team-mates about the importance of getting the job done against Benfica
Juan Mata has warned his Manchester United team-mates about the importance of getting the job done when the Red Devils host Benfica in the Champions League on Tuesday night.
The Red Devils head into the game looking to build on their 1-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League on Saturday as they kept pace with Manchester City in the race for the title.
Mata was an unused substitute during that game as Jose Mourinho’s men returned to winning ways in the top flight to leave them five points behind leaders Manchester City.
Manchester United now host Benfica at Old Trafford in the Champions League on Tuesday night as they look to take a step closer towards the knockout phase of Europe’s elite club competition.
And Mata has talked up the importance of getting the job done against the Portuguese team, who they beat 1-0 last time out.
Writing in his personal blog, Mata said: “This Tuesday we face Benfica at Old Trafford. We have nine points and they have none, but being overconfident would be a terrible mistake.
“Benfica is not a minor team, they are one of the classic clubs in Europe and they need to win this game. We are fully motivated, and three points would take us straight into the knock-out stage.
“Plus, we’re playing at Old Trafford, where our crowd created an amazing atmosphere last Saturday. It’s a very important game, there’s no doubt about it. That’s how we see it.”
Manchester United are aiming to win the Premier League title this season after they finished in a disappointing sixth place last term.
The Red Devils won both the Europa League and League Cup in Mourinho’s first campaign in charge at Old Trafford.