Juan Mata has encouraged his Manchester United teammates to maintain the tempo set during the early stages of the season ahead of a busy September month.
Jose Mourinho‘s men have made a perfect start to their 2017/18 Premier League campaign with wins over West Ham United, Swansea City and Leicester, scoring ten goals and conceding none in the process.
They will take on Stoke City, Basel, Everton, Burton Albion, Southampton, CSKA Moscow and Crystal Palace over September as the season kicks into top gear following the international break.
And Mata, writing in his weekly blog, made it clear that Mourinho’s men will need to continue in the same vein once the Premier League kicks off once again.
“September is going to be very demanding for us with seven games in just 22 days,” he wrote.
“We’ve had a very good start in the Premier League and the challenge now is not only to keep the same level, but to do the same in the rest of the competitions as well: Champions League, Carabao Cup… It’s a football marathon and we can prove that we have a squad full of good players who are willing to put their skills at the service of the team.
“As you know, there have been many rumours about signings here and there before the end of the transfer market. In our case, these days have been relatively quiet, since the squad was closed with Zlatan’s return. I’d like to wish the best of luck to Andreas Pereira in Valencia, he’s a great player and I hope he has a good season and the fans can enjoy it.
“The Premier League is back this week and we’re going to focus on our visit to Stoke City, always a difficult game. After that we will start thinking about the Champions League nights, which are back at Old Trafford, finally.”
It’s almost back, folks. The week of anodyne internationals are over and the Premier League, along with the opening to United’s Champions League and League Cup campaigns, can become centre of attention once again.
This break has been doubly painful for United supporters: their side have hit the ground running and the anticipation surrounding whether they can avoid a capitulation like last year and build a meaningful platform for the eight months ahead is palpable.
Mourinho can rightly consider this to be the most important month of United’s season.