Juan Mata suggests there are two areas Manchester United must work on

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Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata has suggested there are two areas the side need to improve following the win against West Ham.

Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata says the aim of the side is to improve their consistency over the rest of the season.

United secured an important win against West Ham United, seeing out the game with only ten men following Wayne Rooney’s red card for kicking out at Stewart Downing.

Mata says the result has had the effect of making United think differently as they plan for a difficult game at home against Everton next weekend.

“The three points make us look at the table in a different way now. Once again, the support of Old Trafford was a big help. Our goal now is to become more consistent and to keep working on our football style to add more points,” wrote Mata.

“We are already thinking about the match against Everton next Sunday. Last season we couldn’t win, but I believe it will be different this time and we will be able to get the three points in our stadium.”

The problem Louis van Gaal has faced at the start of this season is the inconsistency that comes with getting to know a new side and not having a strongest eleven possible for selection.

Credit has to go to a patched up United defence for seeing off a strong onslaught from West Ham late in the game, as the Hammers looked to equalise and the win should breed confidence over the rest of the week.

The advantage that United have over Everton looking ahead to next weekend, is that they don’t play any European football.

That allows United some extra resting time whereas the Toffees play away in Russia for their Europa League game before travelling to Manchester for Sunday’s lunchtime kick-off.

United are still searching for a repeat of the perfect performance they produced against QPR at Old Trafford, but another three points will push them closer to the top four which is the ultimate goal for the club this season.

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