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Man Utd veteran Matic: West Ham clash now biggest of season

Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic has declared tonight's clash with West Ham as the biggest of the season.

The 31-year-old says the disappointment of Sunday's FA Cup semi-final defeat to Chelsea is already behind United and everyone is fully concentrated on securing what would be a vital three points in the quest for Champions League football.

"Two more games and we have to go with everything until the end," he insisted in an interview with MUTV. “Of course we are sad to lose the semi-final but we know this is football and this is life, you cannot win always, it was not our day. You have to be focused on the next game and the Chelsea game is already behind us, and we will be ready for the West Ham game.

"For me and for us of course we know it is the game of the season for us. We didn't think much about our record [19 games unbeaten] and counting the games, we were just thinking about catching that top-four position. I think we did well in the last couple of months and after this Chelsea defeat we have to keep our heads up and this is another final for us.

“If we win this game we have a big possibility to play in the Champions League next season and as I said it is the game of the season now."

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