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Mata: United fans are our 12th man

Ahead of the derby tonight, Juan Mata says the players are hoping they can pay back the fans for their amazing support, despite disappointing results.

“They are our 12th player and are so important to us,” Mata said in tonight’s programme. “They deserve a reward from our side. What we experienced in the Liverpool game was unbelievable. We lost 3-0 on a very difficult day yet when we were walking off the pitch at the end they were singing and clapping. It was amazing. They deserve more nights like we saw against Olympiacos. We need to show we can win against the big teams. It wasn’t a good game against Liverpool. Yes, they played well, but I think we can do better. It will be difficult because City are one of the best teams in the Premier League right now. They play great football and have a lot of quality players, but in our stadium and in front of supporters I think we can have a good game.”

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Scott is the editor of Red Matters - 50 Years of Supporting Manchester United and an author of Play Like Fergie's Boys and Not Nineteen Forever. He writes for ESPN, The Metro and Bleacher Report. Follow @R_o_M on Twitter.

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One Comment

  1. m09538061 says:

    I hate shitty as much as liverpool if scousers win the title it is cos we have played crap they are bound to win it some day but no true red can want to lose at home to Shitty, fuck any half n half scarf tonight
    I’m in the Bishops Blaize singing about the ‘Dippers & Shitty.Great Fun.


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