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Published: 11:16 | 11/2/19

Mata hoping for special European night

Juan Mata has called for Manchester United fans to get behind the team when Paris Saint-Germain visit Old Trafford in the Champions League on Tuesday night.

United host the Ligue 1 champions in the Champions League last-16 first leg with the French side missing some of their biggest stars through injury.

When the draw for the last 16 was made in December few would have given United a hope of progressing to the quarter-finals, but the team have turned things around under Solskjaer with ten victories from the last 11 games.

Mata admits the team are drawing strength from their fans and he has urged them to let their voices be heard when they face PSG.  

"I am writing this today during a very special week. The Champions League is back, and it’s a big one," Mata wrote in his personal blog.

"The knock-out tie that we have ahead of us against PSG is exciting, even though it’ll be tough, and we will do everything that we can to go through.

"It is clear that the team is in good form; the squad is united and every player is going to do their bit to try to maintain our run of positive results from recent weeks. We can feel how happy the fans are, too, and that makes us even stronger.

"Away from our form, we are thinking about our next game, focusing on preparing well and giving our all; the past doesn’t count for much in football. As I’ve said, our next fixture is particularly important: welcoming PSG to Old Trafford. We need the atmosphere to be as impressive as it has been during all of the big European nights that the Theatre of Dreams has seen before.

"After winning back-to-back games on the road, we are really looking forward to playing at home again. Although it seems that PSG will be visiting us without some of their most important players, they have a fantastic squad and whoever plays will pose us problems. Without any doubt, they are a top side with a lot of quality in their ranks.

"Hopefully it will be a great knock-out tie for the fans and we will go through."

Manchester United host Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League at Old Trafford on Tuesday, 12 February live on BT Sport on the eir sport pack [kick-off 8pm]. Subscribe here

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