Juan Mata sends message to Man United squad about Sir Alex Ferguson

The Manchester United midfielder wants the Red Devils to win the FA Cup in Sir Alex Ferguson's honour

Man United star Juan Mata Photo: The Sport Review

Juan Mata has urged Manchester United to win the FA Cup for Sir Alex Ferguson.

The Manchester United legend remains in intensive care after emergency surgery on Saturday following a brain hemorrhage.

Ferguson was at Old Trafford nine days ago when the Scot presented Arsene Wenger with a special award ahead of the end of his great rival’s 22 seasons at Arsenal.

Manchester United are still waiting to get their hands on the Premier League title for the first time since Ferguson stood down as manager in 2013.

The Red Devils are set to finish in second place this season but can still the end campaign with some silverware if Manchester United win the FA Cup.

The 20-time English champions will take on Jose Mourinho’s former club Chelsea FC in the FA Cup showpiece at Wembley.

Writing in his blog One Hour Behind ahead of the FA Cup final at Wembley, Mata urged the Red Devils to win the FA Cup in Ferguson’s honour.

“This Saturday, all of us were overwhelmed by the news about Sir Alex Ferguson’s health condition,” Mata said.

“This circumstance has had a huge impact on Manchester United, as you can imagine. All of us are united right now, wishing Sir Alex a speedy recovery. He has been a unique and fundamental figure in the football world over the last few decades.”

He added: “I’ve never been coached by him, unfortunately, yet I know well his incomparable legacy on this club, that winning mentality and fighting gen that we must honour in the last three games of the season, especially in the FA Cup final. To achieve that, we are going to work hard while we eagerly await good news about Sir Alex’s recovery.”

Manchester United lost 2-1 to La Liga giants Sevilla in the Champions League round of 16.

The Red Devils signed Chile international Alexis Sanchez in a swap deal from Manchester United in the January transfer window.

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