United can’t afford another slip

MataJUAN Mata has warned his Manchester United team-mates they cannot afford another slip-up when they face Burnley at Old Trafford today.

United have not lost at home to Burnley since 1962 and nothing less than victory will do in their quest to qualify for the Champions League via a top-four finish in the Premier League.

The Clarets, who are just one place above the relegation zone, will once again be massive underdogs when they take on Louis van Gaal’s fourth placed side.

But, after taking just one point from a 1-1 draw at West Ham on Sunday, and that thanks only to a stoppage-time goal from Daley Blind, Spanish midfielder Mata knows United can’t afford another lacklustre performance.

“We must win this one because the race for the Champions League spots is now very close,” Mata said.

“We have to get the three points at home, we know that, and that’s what we are working for. I’m sure we will make it with our people’s help.”

— AFP

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