The Old Trafford playmaker has stated that David Moyes’ men must make the top four at all costs.
Manchester United find themselves with a battle on their hands to salvage a season full of disappointments, with David Moyes finding the going tough in his first campaign in charge of the historic club.
This period of transition will see a seachange in personnel in the summer, with the first steps to spruce up the Old Trafford squad made in January with the addition of Juan Mata.
The Spanish playmaker has revealed that the goal for the rest of this season must still be to qualify for next season’s Champions League – but stated it will be no easy task.
“The objective is to get to the Champions League spots,” the former Chelsea schemer told Canal+.
“It’s difficult because Liverpool are doing well, so are Arsenal, as well as Tottenham and Everton, who are all clubs also fighting for them, but I think we have a team who can do it.
“This is Manchester United. When this club wins two, three or four matches in a row, it has a very important mental strength, a winner’s mentality. We are coming and I think we can do it, but we have to win a lot of games first.”
Mata went on to state that he was hungry to win the Premier League title with the Manchester club – something he feels is possible in the future.
“This is a club that should always be fighting for the Premier League,” he said.
“I think, in the last 20 or 21 years, they’ve won 13 times. The mentality of this club is to win and fight for all the trophies.
“Unfortunately this year, things haven’t gone so well in the league, but I believe there is still time this season. With the mentality and the staff that we have, I believe we can climb up the table and win as many games as possible.”
A summer of rebuilding is needed for United to get back into title contention, with a number of the older members of the squad set to be replaced by new faces.
United are still in the Champions League this term, and face Greek side Olympiakos in the last 16.