Juan Mata has noted that his Manchester United teammates will need to adapt quickly over an April period consisting of nine games.
Jose Mourinho‘s men will enter a frantic April period with a chance to breach the top four and book a place in the Europa League semi final.
The Spaniard, whose goal against FC Rostov recently set up a quarter final date with Anderlecht, was not handed a place in the Spain squad alongside Ander Herrera and David de Gea for games against Israel and France.
But Mata has firmly set his sights on what promises to be an explosive month at Old Trafford.
“West Bromwich Albion, Everton, Sunderland, Anderlecht, Chelsea, Burnley, Manchester City and Swansea,” he said. “It’s not a random list of teams, it’s the list of the eight teams we’re going to face in a frantic month of April. Since we have to play twice against Anderlecht (first and second leg), it makes a total of nine games for us the next month!
“It’s not a complaint, it’s just a reality and we have to adapt ourselves to it, in order to give the best we have in the decisive spell of the season.
“I see these games as a challenge to show all the good things we’ve been working on throughout the season, and I hope that we can get good results too.”
Make no mistake: we are at the defining stage of Man United’s season; they are in a prime position for mounting a late onslaught on the likes of Manchester City, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur, whilst also securing a place in the Europa League final; they are, however, also standing at the crossroads of what could be a monumental meltdown – set in motion, of course, by an agonising 0-0 home draw against Tony Pulis’ West Brom side on Saturday.
United have made superb progress under Mourinho in recent months, but it would seemingly count for nothing if they failed to consolidate what is an unavoidably promising position over the next few weeks.