Every Match From Now On Is A Final For Manchester United, Says Juan Mata

Every match until the end of the season must be treated like a final by Manchester United, says fit-again playmaker Juan Mata.

The Spain international has called for the Red Devil’s to treat all of their remaining fixtures as cup finals as they aim to qualify for the UEFA Champions League.

United drew 1-1 at home to Swansea City, missing the chance to leapfrog rivals Manchester City, who also dropped points at Middlesbrough.

Jose Mourinho's side also have the chance to qualify for the UEFA Champions League by winning the UEFA Europa League, with a trip to Spanish team Celta Vigo up next for the first leg of their semi-final on Thursday.

"Two big challenges await us this week," Mata wrote in his weekly blog on the United website. "First of all we have to visit Celta in the Europa League. 

"I can say, without exaggerating, that they are one of the teams that play better football in Spain, and not only this season. Being back home will be special, but very difficult at the same time. We must perform at our best in order to beat them. 

"Besides, a few days later we will visit another big opponent, Arsenal, with three key points at stake. Every game from now on is a final for us, that's how we face them."

"This week we're having a mix of good and bad feelings once again, the latter being, of course, the draw against Swansea and Luke [Shaw] and Eric's [Bailly] injuries," Mata wrote.

"In this regard we're being very unlucky, but we have to keep looking ahead. As for the game, we let two points slip away, again, when the win was so much needed.

"But there have been very good moments during the week as well, such as my being back with the team, and also my birthday. Thank you so much to all of you for your messages, it was a great day and, although I didn't get the present of the three points, I hope we can have a great season ending in the remaining few weeks. 

"As regards to my recovery, I'm very happy and looking forward to helping the team in such an important moment of the year, enjoying myself on the pitch and, hopefully, lifting another trophy."

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