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Manchester United star Juan Mata ready for "five cup finals"

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Juan Mata is excited about the "five cup finals" that face Manchester United and is determined for his new team to make a strong finish to what has been a dismal Premier League season.

Mata joined the Old Trafford club from Chelsea during the January transfer window in a deal worth £37.1million after falling out of favour under Jose Mourinho at Stamford Bridge. It has taken the Spain international a few weeks to settle into his role with the Red Devils, but last weekend he inspired David Moyes's side to a stylish 4-0 win away at Newcastle United, scoring a brace in the process.

Fourth place in the Premier League is realistically out of reach for Manchester United, but they are still chasing a Europa League place and can take a big step towards it on Sunday as they take on fourth-placed Everton. Roberto Martinez's side have been in sensational form, winning seven matches in a row and leapfrogging Arsenal into fourth, and Mata warned his side's trip to Goodison Park would be a stern test.

"We have five finals to play in the Premiership and we will try to win all of them to get as many points as possible," he is quoted as saying in the Daily Star.

"The first one, against Everton. They are having a spectacular season; it's a very dangerous squad, even more at home."

It has been a nightmare debut season for Moyes since taking over after the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson, so he will be looking to avoid further embarrassment when he returns to his former club. Getting something from Everton could be just what they need to spark a strong finish to go into the summer with at least some positivity after a limp defence of their title.

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