JUAN MATA has warned his former club Chelsea that Manchester United are gunning to spoil their start to the season.
Chelsea are among the league leaders on 20 points after eight games, while Manchester United are down in eighth place.
United head to Stamford Bridge this Saturday as they look to build on their dramatic win over Newcastle at Old Trafford.
And Mata has warned his former club that United are coming to London in search of more points.
“It will, without doubt, be a special one for me: Chelsea vs Manchester United at Stamford Bridge,” he wrote in his blog.
“For us it will be the first test from a tough run of fixtures, but we are hoping to play at a high level and return home with a win.
“We will finish off October by welcoming both Juventus and Everton to Old Trafford.
“It is a fixture list that is going to ask for our best football.”
United’s victory over Newcastle gave Jose Mourinho a stay of execution after a poor start to the season.
But United face Chelsea and Juventus in a tough week and one that could define his reign at Old Trafford.
Mata has been a bit part player this season but scored a wonderful free kick in the comeback.
It was the 30-year-old’s second goal of the season, and first in the Premier League, in just six appearances.
He has only started twice in the league but will hope to get a place against his former side.
Mata was among a smaller group of players arriving at Carrington for training today while the international players remain with the countries.
Chris Smalling, Antonio Valencia, Sergio Romero, Jesse Lingard and Luke Shaw were also present.
And Mourinho has been told to change his style of play to save his job at United.
“He needs to change things,” Paul Ince told Express Sport.
“It’s down to the manager to motivate players. I know that because I’ve been a manager myself.
“With other teams, there’s the debate whether you’d take trophies and boring football or playing attractive football and don’t win anything.
“But at United, you have to do both.”