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Mata reveals fatigue issue for Man Utd in Copenhagen win

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Juan Mata is hoping to go all the way through and win the Europa League following a narrow victory in the quarter-final.

Manchester United managed to get the better of FC Copenhagen in what was a quite arduous evening in Cologne.

Twice did the Red Devils hit the woodwork, twice was their goals ruled offside, and it seemed impossible for them to find a way past the superhuman goalkeeper, who made a Europa League record 13 saves.

But Karl-Johan Johnsson ultimately did show his human side as he failed to stop Bruno Fernandes from scoring from the spot.

It was a long, hot, and testing night for either side with fatigue taking over in 120 minutes. Speaking after the match, Juan Mata suggests it is moments like these when carving out results is vital.

“I would say that today is more relief, to be honest, and tiredness! I think the team is quite tired physically, and you could see in the game. It wasn’t the best of the games,” the official club website quotes Mata.

“But at this stage of the season, with so many games behind [us], so many months, it’s very important to win games like we did today, and we go through.

“We came to Germany with the aim of staying for quite some time, and hopefully we can go on and win this tournament.”