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Mata: Dubai break will help Manchester United ‘gather strength.’

Juan Mata believes Manchester United’s warm weather training trip to Dubai will help them gather strength as they look to gear up for the second half of the season.

The Spanish playmaker hopes the squad will bond as they look to build on the strong start made by interim boss Ole Gunnar solskjaer. The Norwegian has arranged the trip as he looks to further build confidence after five straight wins in all competitions.

‘After playing five games in two weeks, this little ‘break’ comes at a good time, where we have time to be with our team-mates, build our team spirit further and gather our strength for the second half of the season.’ Mata writes in his blog on manunited.com.

‘They also say that the sun makes your body produce vitamin D, which is good for your health.

‘What helps our confidence most is to win. The victories, as is always the case, came at a great time for the team.

‘We are enjoying a great period of form and we are going to fight to extend it as far as we can, enjoying the journey as much as possible.’

Mata will know all too well that his team needs to be united and focused if they are to mount a serious challenge for Champions League qualification.

A run of wins has seen Manchester United close the gap to just six points on fourth place Chelsea. With Spurs up next, they will hope their Dubai trip helps deliver another vital three points.

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