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Juan Mata: We are absolutely focused on the Cambridge United game


Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata says the players are aware they cannot afford to get complacent ahead of Tuesday's FA Cup fourth-round replay against Cambridge United.

The Red Devils survived a weekend of shock exits when the two teams faced each other at the end of January and the 26-year-old says it's not time to relax as the objective is to reach the next round where Preston or Sheffield United await.

"There is no time for celebrations as this very Tuesday we have the FA Cup replay against Cambridge," Mata wrote on his personal blog.

"We want to make it to the next round and we are absolutely focused on that because, as I said before, the team is very excited about this competition.

"Against Leicester, we were able to take our good chances in the first half and that allowed us to have a quiet game and to enjoy it more than other weeks.

"We don't want to relax though. Every game is complicated: see what happened to Bayern Munich after the Bundesliga break [they lost 4-1 at Wolfsburg on Friday].

"In sports, having respect for your opponent is a must. Even more so in football, where distances have shortened. That is something we are aware of ahead of our game against Cambridge. Not long ago, they proved to be a tough rival.

"A few days later, on Sunday, we will play at West Ham. There is no time for a break. At this stage of the season, we need to be more consistent than ever in order to retain the third spot and to approach the teams in the top two."

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