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Monday 24 September 2018

Mata: just keep going

United aiming to bounce back as Burnley visit Old Trafford

Manchester United’s Juan Mata celebrates scoring against Leicester on Saturday Photo: Reuters
Manchester United’s Juan Mata celebrates scoring against Leicester on Saturday Photo: Reuters

Juan Mata says Manchester United need to keep calm and kick on after another frustrating slip-up threatened to throw their festive schedule off kilter.

Burnley arrive at Old Trafford today with Jose Mourinho's men reeling from back-to-back disappointments, kicked off by Bristol City knocking the holders out of the League Cup on Wednesday.

That stoppage-time winner was compounded by another late goal as Harry Maguire snatched Leicester a 2-2 draw at the death on Saturday to leave United 13 points behind Premier League leaders Manchester City over Christmas.

There is no time to wallow in self-pity, though, as the games come thick and fast, with the visit of Burnley swiftly followed by another home match against Southampton and a trip to Everton on New Year's Day.

"You have to keep going, especially in Christmas time," Mata said. "You play every two or three days and obviously now we feel frustrated and angry.

"But we need to keep going and think about the next game - obviously with the will of finishing the game with a much better feeling."

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