Nemanja Matic believes the following few weeks are decisive within the Premier League title race as Manchester United try to shut the hole on leaders Manchester Metropolis.
After one league win in 5, United moved again into second place by beating Newcastle 3-1 on Sunday however stay 10 factors behind Metropolis with 13 video games of the season remaining.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s facet host Actual Sociedad within the second leg of their Europa League last-32 tie on Thursday, earlier than returning to league motion with three away fixtures within the area of per week.
A visit to Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea on Sunday is first up, adopted by Crystal Palace subsequent Wednesday and the Manchester derby on March 7, all obtainable to look at stay on Sky Sports activities.
“Each sport is a closing now,” United midfielder Matic informed Sky Sports activities Information.
“We have dropped some factors the place we must always win so that you go into the massive video games with extra strain after which you must win.
“I feel the following few weeks are going to be decisive within the title race. We’ll both be there within the combat, or it may be tough as a result of if we drop some factors within the subsequent few video games, then it may be arduous to catch Man Metropolis.
“However that is why we’re right here. We’re optimistic, we will do our greatest to win. The following sport is an important after which we might be centered on Man Metropolis.”
‘Not straightforward to play for Chelsea’
Matic will return to acquainted territory this weekend when United go to Stamford Bridge. The 32-year-old performed 154 occasions for Chelsea earlier than transferring to Previous Trafford in 2017 and insists his former membership can’t be taken calmly.
“I feel they play good soccer they usually have a superb squad,” Matic added. “Additionally with Frank [Lampard] they performed some wonderful soccer in some video games, however they’ve a younger squad and it is regular that the crew has ups and downs generally.
“We respect them lots. I do know the mentality of Chelsea. I do know they at all times need the most effective and it is not straightforward to play there with that strain, particularly for younger gamers, so I respect their crew.
“I watch them when I’ve time and they’re enhancing and they are going to be very harmful within the subsequent few years as a result of they’ve some wonderful younger gamers, so it may be a tough sport in opposition to them for certain.
“We now have to do our greatest and now we have to be at our greatest if we need to win that sport and the league.”