"A final is always a special day in your career," says Mata.

Manchester United face Southampton in the EFL Cup final on Sunday and Juan Mata says manager Jose Mourinho has stressed how important the clash at the Wembley stadium is.

Mata, who hasn't won the League Cup, is hoping the Red Devils lift their second piece of silverware under Jose Mourinho - after beating Leicester City in the Community Shield at the start of the campaign.

"He has told us and I think everyone realises how important it is," the midfielder told Sky Sports. "It doesn't matter if it's a League Cup final…a final is a final and you never know when you will play one again.

"So you have to take advantage of the chance and try to win it. If you lose it's a bad feeling.

"A final is always a special day in your career. Obviously if you win it's much better, but playing a final at Wembley in front of lots of our supporters gives the day a different feeling."

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