Juan Mata issues Man United rallying cry ahead of Chelsea trip

Juan Mata insists that he and his Manchester United team-mates are not bothered about their critics ahead of their trip to Chelsea

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Manchester United playmaker Juan Mata Photo: The Sport Review

Juan Mata insists that he and his Manchester United team-mates are not bothered about the criticism aimed their way this season as they prepare for their crunch clash against Chelsea on Sunday afternoon.

The Red Devils head into the game looking to keep up pace with Manchester City in the race for the Premier League title.

Manchester United are currently in second place in the table and five points behind Pep Guardiola’s men heading into this weekend’s round of games.

Jose Mourinho’s side have come in for criticism for their style of play in recent weeks despite having been in good form and beating Tottenham 1-0 at Old Trafford last weekend.

Mata is preparing to make a return to his former club Chelsea on Sunday afternoon, and the Spanish playmaker insists that he and his team-mates are paying no attention to their detractors.

Speaking to BT Sport after Manchester United’s Champions League victory over Benfica, Mata said: “That’s what happens when you play for Manchester United, [there are] big expectations and everyone wants the club to play good and to win.

“And you have to manage that when you play for such a club.

“We’ll try to win [at Chelsea] and to have a good game also – that is what is in our minds.”

Chelsea head into their clash with Manchester United looking to get back to winning ways after their disappointing 3-0 loss to Roma in the Champions League on Tuesday night.

The Blues are currently fourth and nine points behind Manchester City after 10 games of the new campaign.

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