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Captain's Comments - Manchester United

8 May 2015

Before each home game, Eagles skipper Mile Jedinak lifts the lid on the mood in the camp and gives an insight into what's he's been up to ahead of matchday in his programme notes. Here he speaks ahead of the game against Manchester United.

Last weekend at Chelsea we saw a great performance from the boys who were really up for the challenge and it was a shame that we lost the way that we did.

All in all you accept the positives from that game as it was against a really good Chelsea team who know how to control games. We really asserted ourselves and with a little bit of luck we could have held on for a draw. 

However I think throughout the course of the season there's no doubt that Chelsea are worthy champions. They set the benchmark from an early stage and are the only team to maintain  consistency, plus they got big results at key moments which has rightly given them the Premier League title, so congratulations to them.

I was named on the bench on Sunday and as a player you never like not being involved, and anyone who says they don't mind is lying, especially on such a big occasion with the away fans producing a great atmosphere, but you have to accept it and move forward. Strength in depth in recent times has been a strong point of ours and I think moving forward it is something we should be excited about because that competition in training on a daily basis keeps everyone in the squad on their toes.

It's been a long season for me with the World Cup and the Asian Cup but I feel pretty good considering. I've had a little bit of time out through suspension and injury so it gave me a chance to reflect and look at things from a different standpoint. I feel refreshed and I'm just looking to play whatever part I can for the rest of the season.

Tomorrow sees Manchester United in town who have been on an indifferent run themselves of late but we need to turn around our results starting this afternoon which isn't going to be easy, but we need to go in and take all the energy generated by the fans to push on in the game. 

I think at this stage of the season it helps playing two big teams in a row because there's no doubt everyone is going to be up for the game and we still need to put in a shift, but we play the game to play in the big matches.

Next week will also see our Awards Night and the crowning of our Player of the Year. A lot of the boys have had really good seasons but for me Joel Ward has been pretty consistent, Scott Dann has been virtually an ever-present and Yannick and Jason Puncheon have also had really good campaigns. There's a number of guys who could consider themselves in the running for the award but I wouldn't like to pick a winner!

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