Mata keen to extend long-term Manchester United stay

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The Red Devils host Brighton on Saturday and are seeking to replicate the 4-1 success they enjoyed against Newcastle last weekend.

Brighton head to Manchester United (LIVE, FREE and in HD on SBS at 1:30am AEDT Sunday) with manager Hughton insisting they must believe they can pull off a shock win.

The win over Newcastle means that United have collected 26 points in the Premier League this season, although just four points now separate Jose Mourinho's side from seventh-placed Burnley after 12 matches of the 2017-18 campaign. Ahead of the game at Old Trafford, nothing much has changed for Jose Mourinho, as far as injuries are concerned. Despite their form, we are backing the home side to win with odds of 1/6 from Bet365.

The United team traditionally meet at the city centre location before games, and on Friday evening plenty of supporters gathered outside once again to catch a glimpse of their heroes.

"On the pitch, he's another option for us and he's an option of quality", Mourinho said of the Swede who had been out for around seven months prior to the Magpies game.

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     Juan Mata and Bruno developed a close friendship during their time at Valencia
GETTY Juan Mata and Bruno developed a close friendship during their time at Valencia

The Seagulls, who have Socceroos goalkeeper Ryan between the sticks, head to Old Trafford in ninth place following a solid opening to a first campaign back in the Premier League for 34 years, which has seen them go unbeaten in the past five matches.

Steven Gerrard has talked up the importance of Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic for Manchester United. "We managed to give him 15/20 minutes in both matches, he needs more of that, so hopefully, tomorrow, we play him again". We have a good example from last weekend.

"We are in the League Cup quarter-finals, we have done well so far and in the Champions League, we have 12 points in five games, which is good".

"I think against Newcastle in the first half we were a bit too open because of how freely we were trying to play", he told MUTV.

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