Nemanja Matic believes the next few weeks are decisive in the Premier League title race as Manchester United try to shut the hole on leaders Manchester City.
After one league win in 5, United moved again into second place by beating Newcastle 3-1 on Sunday however stay 10 factors behind City with 13 video games of the season remaining.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s facet host Real Sociedad in the second leg of their Europa League last-32 tie on Thursday, earlier than returning to league motion with three away fixtures in the house of every week.
A visit to Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea on Sunday is first up, adopted by Crystal Palace next Wednesday and the Manchester derby on March 7, all out there to look at dwell on Sky Sports.
“Every game is a final now,” United midfielder Matic advised Sky Sports News.
“We’ve dropped some factors the place we must always win so that you go into the large video games with extra strain after which it’s important to win.
“I feel the next few weeks are going to be decisive in the title race. We will both be there in the combat, or it should be troublesome as a result of if we drop some factors in the next few video games, then it should be arduous to catch Man City.
“But that’s why we are here. We are positive, we’re going to do our best to win. The next game is the most important and then we will be focused on Man City.”
‘Not simple to play for Chelsea’
Matic will return to acquainted territory this weekend when United go to Stamford Bridge. The 32-year-old performed 154 instances for Chelsea earlier than transferring to Old Trafford in 2017 and insists his former membership can’t be taken frivolously.
“I think they play good football and they have a good squad,” Matic added. “Also with Frank [Lampard] they played some amazing football in some games, but they have a young squad and it’s normal that the team has ups and downs sometimes.
“We respect them loads. I do know the mentality of Chelsea. I do know they all the time need the very best and it isn’t simple to play there with that strain, particularly for younger gamers, so I respect their group.
“I watch them when I have time and they are improving and they will be very dangerous in the next few years because they have some amazing young players, so it’s going to be a hard game against them for sure.
“We should do our greatest and we have now to be at our greatest if we need to win that recreation and the league.”