Nemanja Matic believes the subsequent 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 dwell on Sky Sports activities.
“Each sport is a closing now,” United midfielder Matic advised Sky Sports activities Information.
“We have dropped some factors the place we should always win so that you go into the massive video games with extra strain after which it’s important to win.
“I feel the subsequent few weeks are going to be decisive within the title race. We are going to both be there within the battle, or it’ll be troublesome as a result of if we drop some factors within the subsequent few video games, then it’ll be onerous 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 crucial after which we can be targeted 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 frivolously.
“I feel they play good soccer and so they have an excellent 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 all the time need one of the best 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 bettering 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’ll be a tough sport towards them for positive.
“We have now to do our greatest and we’ve got to be at our greatest if we wish to win that sport and the league.”