United Briefing: Crucial weeks are coming
In-form midfielder Nemanja Matic believes the next few weeks will be critical to Manchester United’s season, on all fronts.
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“The season is long, and we are still playing for a lot of trophies,”Matic told club media.
“I always like to say that the next game is the most important. It's always a final for us.
“We are focused now on [Real] Sociedad on Thursday, then Chelsea, after that City. But let's finish first the job against Real Sociedad and make our step forward towards that final.”
“Do I like this period of the season? Yeah, it’s good,”he explained.
“That brings more motivation, brings out of you more energy and that's a good thing in football.
“The next few games, every game is a big challenge for us. Maybe it will decide the title race. I hope in a positive way! I hope we're going to stay in the title race, because our dream is to win the title one day with our club. [The] next two or three games are very important for us, and can show the way where we want to go.”
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“We can't relax,”he admits,
“because you saw how our game [in the] first 30-35 minutes was not that easy [in Turin]. They created some opportunities. They have some amazing players in their squad. We cannot relax, because they know how to play football.
“It's special for them,”continued Matic.
“Adnan [Januzaj] played here, Old Trafford is like home [for him]. David Silva played here many times against Man United. But also [for the] other players. You don't have every day the opportunity to play against Man United at Old Trafford, so I'm sure they will come here to show to the people that they deserve more than that game. [The] 4-0 was not their day, so everyone has extra motivation at Old Trafford. So we have to know that and we have to be focused like the first game.”
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Earlier in the day, the Reds will train in front of the cameras - keep an eye out in all the usual places for the pictures, as they could give a clue as to who will be in Ole's plans.