Mata has suggested that the 2-0 win is significant because of what happened elsewhere in the Premier League across other games.
“Winning this weekend was even more important since all the teams in the top side of the table -except Manchester City- won their games,” wrote the Spaniard.
“There’s still a long way to go; we have to keep pushing and be at a high level because our main rivals will do the same. We want to get in top form.”
All of the sides in and around United in the table picked up victories with their rivals for the top four; Southampton, Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool all securing victories to keep the pressure at maximum.
Liverpool’s game away at QPR from earlier in the season showed how difficult Loftus Road can be for some teams to visit, but Mata has also piled the praise onto David De Gea, describing United’s goalkeeper as ‘a wall’.
De Gea has put in a number of fine performances throughout the season, which have helped his side to stay on the right side of some positive results in games, which could have ended up going the other way.
United’s focus now switches to the FA Cup game against Cambridge this Friday before the Premier League returns and presents United with a chance to get some revenge against Leicester City at Old Trafford, after the Foxes defeated United 5-3 earlier this season.