Manchester United v Chelsea build-up: What Louis van Gaal has told his players ahead of Juan Mata’s ‘special’ match

The latest news ahead of today’s massive Premier League clash between Manchester United and Chelsea at Old Trafford...

Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata has said that today’s Premier League clash against Chelsea at Old Trafford will be ‘special’.

The Spain international was on the books of the London outfit for two-and-a-half years before moving to the Red Devils in January 2014 for a transfer fee of £37.1 million.

Mata is looking forward to facing his former club today and told United Review: ‘When I played against Valencia [for Chelsea] it was a bit weird because it was just one month after I moved, but it was also nice because I got to see old friends and the people I had worked with every day. Today is a special game for me but the most important thing for me and for the team is three points’.

United are currently 10 points behind leaders Chelsea and need to win to retain their slim hopes of winning the Premier League.

Manager Louis van Gaal understands the importance of picking up all three points today and told MUTV when asked if a win could change the whole outlook for the season: ‘Yes, I think so. I've told this to the players as well because I have had a lot of examples during my time as a manager [like this].

‘When you get a good result in a moment that maybe you never expect, that gives you a lot of stimulation to continue. I have had a lot of moments like this and maybe we'll have one on Sunday against Chelsea’.

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