Mata bullish over ambitions: United can still win the league

19 Old Trafford

Former Chelsea star believes Manchester United can leapfrog his erstwhile employer, as well as Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool and Manchester City,

Juan Mata may do to Manchester United what Mesut Ozil did to Arsenal before he had even kicked a ball in his new club colours.

The playmaking Spaniard has provided the ailing Old Trafford outfit with a much-needed lift, has given the fans a reason to feel optimistic and, judging from the player's own statements, he is not merely there to rescue a season and claim an elusive - and competitive - fourth place in the Premier League, but to win the title outright.

With a 37-point haul, United are currently 14 points adrift from pace-setters Arsenal and occupy 7th place in the Premier League table. Mata, recently the subject of a successful £37m transfer from Stamford Bridge to Old Trafford, believes that if he were now representing any other club, the difference between themselves and those at the head of the division would be too great but, because it's United, the situation is different.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Mata - who has been handed the number 8 shirt - had more: 'What I like the most about this club is the character. I think if another club were in this position in the league, I think it would be very difficult to come back and take first position, but this club can do it.'

He concluded by touching on his recent discontentment and what he is most looking forward to: 'The last six months at Chelsea were a bit difficult for me but now I am really happy and looking forward to winning as many trophies as I can with this club. I am sure it is going to be a great period for me.'

image: © Paolo Camera

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