Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Mata out for City and Real Clashes

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Mata out for City and Real Clashes

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JUAN Mata could miss United's International Champions Cup games against City and Real Madrid with an ankle injury he picked up in the win against Real Salt Lake.

Half-time substitute Mata suffered a heavy challenge from substitute Sebastian Saucedo and was forced off just 15 minutes into the second period.

Mata's absence for the City and Madrid fixtures could increase the need for United to clinch a deal for Internazionale winger Ivan Perisic, who Mourinho was reluctant to speak about after the victory in Utah.

"Mata has a big ankle but I hope nothing important," Mourinho said. "A few days, a week probably." United fly to Houston today ahead of their derby with City the following day before they face Real Madrid in Santa Clara and Barcelona in Washington. …

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