Juan Mata: ‘Win important for momentum ahead of Manchester derby’

Juan Mata: 'Win important for momentum ahead of Manchester derby' - SPORTS Juan Mata has claimed that Manchester United “needed to win” against CSKA Moscow in their Champions League meeting on Tuesday night and is happy to take “good momentum” into the Manchester derby.

The Red Devils went behind against the Russian giants through Alan Dzagoev’s goal on the stroke of half-time but replies from Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford gave United a 2-1 win.

The result saw Jose Mourinho’s side finish top of Group A and Mata is looking ahead to Sunday’s crunch Premier League clash with Manchester City on the back of a positive result.

“We needed to win, we only needed a point, but we always want to win,” the Spaniard told reporters. “We are so happy, we face the weekend game with good momentum.

“It is important to win for your confidence level, Sunday is a big game (against City), we know how important it is, tomorrow we rest then on Thursday we will think about the game and hopefully we can get the three points.”

United sit eight points behind City in the Premier League table going into the weekend derby at Old Trafford.

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