Juan Mata has stated that the team is determined to give their all and win the FA Cup as a fitting tribute to Sir Alex Ferguson.
The former United manager is currently undergoing treatment after having an emergency surgery for brain haemorrhage this past weekend.
The Scot, who was at the helm of the club for 26 years, is loved and respected by one and all in the football family. Tributes have flown in for Fergie, with several rival managers, players, and fans too, wishing him a speedy recovery.
With everybody at United eager on the developments, a solid performance in their last three matches of the season would be a perfect gift.
United, who are second in the league table, lost to Brighton at the weekend, and will next face West Ham United midweek.
They need four points to secure second place, and the work should start now if they are to mount a challenge for Chelsea in the FA Cup final at Wembley on May 19.
Writing on his weekly blog, Mata stated that Sir Alex’s circumstance has had a huge impact on everybody at the club.
“This Saturday, all of us were overwhelmed by the news about Sir Alex Ferguson’s health condition. This circumstance has had a huge impact on Manchester United, as you can imagine,” the Spaniard wrote.
“All of us are united right now, wishing Sir Alex a speedy recovery. He has been a unique and fundamental figure in the football world over the last few decades.”
The playmaker added that the team has to work hard in imbibing the winning mentality the Scot had and show that in their performances.
“That winning mentality and fighting gene that we must honour in the last three games of the season, especially in the FA Cup final. To achieve that, we are going to work hard.”