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Mata speaks about the challenges ahead

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 25: Juan Mata of Manchester United applauds after the FA Cup Fourth Round match between Arsenal and Manchester United at Emirates Stadium on January 25, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)
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The Manchester United midfielder has explained what the month of February has in store for the English Premier League team.

Manchester United will play six matches in February in three different competitions.

The Red Devils started with a 1-0 win over Leicester City yesterday and will take opponents in the English Premier League, the FA Cup Fifth Round and the UEFA Champions League Round of 16.

And for United midfielder Juan Mata, February will be difficult.

“I’m writing today after taking a look at the calendar. I’m not one to think about the long term, but the weeks that lie ahead will be exciting, as well as difficult,” he wrote on the team’s official website.

“We have started the month well with a win against Leicester City. The team keeps showing that they can dig deep and compete.”

“We saw it on Tuesday when we took a point after going 2-0 behind [against Burnley], as well as at the weekend when our opponent was looking for an equalizer,” he explained.

“It wasn’t the most eye-catching of games, but we continue on our good run of form which has allowed us to climb up the table and we want more.”

“We want to keep winning to get into the top four. We know that it will be difficult because our opponents are also playing at a top level, but we will give everything until the very end to get there,” Mata commented.

“What can you say about our goal against Leicester… a spectacular pass from Paul [Pogba] and a great finish from Marcus [Rashford]. His touch was worth half a goal on its own. The wunderkind’s form keeps on going,” he said.

“Before I sign off, I want to wish the best of luck to my friend Fellaini. We spent many seasons together and he is a great guy. I wish you the best, Marouane.”

“I hope you have a great week and thank you for your support,” Mata concluded.

The Red Devils will visit Fulham next weekend in EPL action.

Then they will host French League 1 club Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League, before playing against Chelsea in the FA Cup.

The rest of the month will see them play against Liverpool, Crystal Palace, and Southampton.