Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata has explained how the club are looking to end 2014.
United saw a six game winning run brought to a halt last weekend by Aston Villa and the Spaniard wants two wins from the side’s last two games this year.
“Our goal is to finish the year in the best possible way: with two more victories. Against Aston Villa we couldn’t get our seventh win in a row. It was a complicated game. They scored first, a great goal from Benteke, and didn’t let much space for us to come back,” wrote Mata in his weekly blog.
Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal was left frustrated at taking just a point away from Villa Park, but Villa fought hard as they try to improve their own position in the bottom half of the table.
United’s equaliser cam courtesy of Radamel Falcao who has struggled for game time under the Dutchman following a summer loan move from Monaco and Mata suggests that the Colombian deserves praise for the way he played.
“We were able to tie the game thanks to Radamel’s header -I’m very happy for him, I think he deserved it because he works hard every day- and at the end of the game, despite Aston Villa were playing with ten men, we couldn’t score the second goal.”
It will be a big ask for United to end the year with six points from six as they face Newcastle at home before a trip to Tottenham.
Newcastle will be looking to react after a disappointing late defeat at the hands of local rivals Sunderland, while United haven’t had a great record at White Hart Lane in recent seasons.
The aim for the side by the end of the season is Champions League football but if the team fulfils on Mata’s request, the team will send out a strong message to their rivals ahead of the start to 2015.
It will also help United stay in the hunt and closer to Chelsea and Manchester City and there will still be a strong belief around the club that a title challenge is possible.