Juan Mata: Manchester United are building momentum following good week

by Ben Topliss

Juan Mata believes recent wins over West Ham United and Aston Villa have given Manchester United momentum ahead of the final part of the campaign.

Man United secured their progression to the semi-finals of the FA Cup by beating West Ham last week before seeing off Villa 1-0 at the weekend.

Mata and his teammates are preparing to take on Crystal Palace at Old Trafford on Wednesday and the Spaniard believes his side’s recent form will provide a springboard for success.

“The end of the season approaches and all the competitions are now selecting their possible winners,” Mata wrote in his blog.

“Among them is the FA Cup and that’s where we want to be: lifting this historic trophy. As you know, last Wednesday we defeated West Ham so we will play the semis in Wembley the next Saturday. In this complex season we have managed to advance in the FA Cup and now we are very excited with this unique competition that has no equal in the world, with a stadium and atmosphere that make you feel the weight of history. We are determined to step on Wembley twice this season.

“However, before Everton and the FA Cup we have to focus on the Premier League game against Crystal Palace this coming Wednesday. Our goal is to play the Champions League the next season and all we think about right now is to win every single game. We play at home and we want to have a good game in front of our fans; we know that we can count on Old Trafford to have an extra energy. With the crowd’s support we can be closer to the victory although Palace got a draw at the Emirates this weekend and it’s not going to be an easy game for us.

“We are in good spirits ahead of these two games after the win against Aston Villa. The last week was very positive for us and it should help the team to gather momentum for the last few games.”

United are currently fifth in the Premier League, four points behind fourth-placed Arsenal, who have managed to blow their title challenge following a run of poor results.

You get the sense that United will need to win every game between now and the end of the season to stand a chance of finishing in the top four and they certainly need to record a comfortable win over Palace this week to build optimism.

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