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Man Utd midfielder Mata: Christmas period will be decisive

Man Utd midfielder Mata: Christmas period will be decisive”

United trail rivals Manchester City by eight points and face back-to-back clashes against Arsenal and Pep Guardiola's men in a fortnight's time.

Jones has established himself as first-choice under José Mourinho, and if the 25-year-old can play it will be a major boost for the manager, with United having lost their last game before the worldwide break, 1-0 at Chelsea.

And Mata wants United to bounce back from that defeat and make sure they perform week in, week out ahead of their hectic festive fixture list.

The Red Devils should still have enough quality to edge the game, and they're wise not to risk Pogba given his importance to the side, but until he is able to return it will be more hard for them to pick up the results they need to stay in the title race.

However, Newcastle's chances of an upset against Jose Mourinho's side could be about to receive a blow as Jones is confident he can prove his fitness ahead of Saturday afternoon's outing at Old Trafford.

'These are moments in which good form of the team can be decisive for the second part of the season'.

Mata, who has not featured in the league since last month's 2-1 loss at Huddersfield, also insists United must not let complacency come into their game.

Benitez led the Magpies back into the Premier League by winning the Championship last season, and Mata believes they should not be underestimated despite being newly-promoted.



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