Mata: Newcastle are a 'big club'

Ruben Hill
November 14, 2017

Phil Jones is hopeful of recovering from the calf injury he suffered playing for England and being available for Manchester United's late game against Newcastle United on Saturday.

Manchester United welcome Newcastle United in their next fixture at Old Trafford before crunch games against Arsenal and Manchester City in the opening weeks of December.

Their dividends are well-timed after Mourinho arrived under open fire for his tactics at Stamford Bridge previous Weekend as United slipped to defeat at Chelsea and observed the difference between them and competitors Manchester City near the top of the Premier League widen to eight points.

'These are moments in which good form of the team can be decisive for the second part of the season'.

Whilst a return for the visit of the Magpies is unlikely, an nearly fit Pogba will be a huge fillip for Mourinho, who has come under increasing scrutiny for failing to display the sort of offensive flair his side had shown in the early weeks of the season.

Mata, who has not featured in the league since last month's 2-1 loss at Huddersfield, also insists United must not let complacency come into their game.

After leaving the England squad on Monday, tests with United's medical department has left Jones optimistic he can face Rafael Benítez's side at Old Trafford.

'Everyone knows they are newly-promoted but they are still a big club with several Spanish players, ' he continued.

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