Saturday 23 February 2019

Mata: 'United will re-focus for big week'

Man United's Juan Mata
Man United's Juan Mata

Juan Mata pledged to refocus and help Manchester United emerge stronger from a season-defining week that started with a galling loss to West Brom and rivals Manchester City clinching the title.

Rudderless and managerless West Brom caused the shock of the season as Jay Rodriguez secured a remarkable 1-0 win at Old Trafford, sparking wild celebrations across the blue half of the city.

It was a gut punch for Jose Mourinho's men, leaving them needing to strengthen their hold over second spot at Bournemouth tomorrow before Saturday's Wembley date against Tottenham in the FA Cup semi-finals.

Mata is determined to bounce back, but knows "any comments made after the (West Brom) game sound like hollow words".

"We will keep focusing on two goals from here to the end of the season: keeping the second place and trying to get to the FA Cup final and to win the title. In order to do that, this new week is really important."

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