Manchester United's focus is on Champions League, says Juan Mata

Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata says the club is determined to return to the Champions League next season.

Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata has told the club’s official website that their focus is on the Champions League.

United snatched a late goal at West Ham United on Sunday afternoon to rescue a point in London, despite arguably not being at their best for much of the game.

That point could prove vital later on in the season though, with the race for Champions League qualification looking set to be hotly contested between a number clubs.

While Chelsea and Manchester City are competing for the title, any two of Manchester United, Southampton, Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool could end up finishing in the top four, such is their proximity to each other in the league.

Now, Mata has insisted that his side must focus on each game individually, starting with Burnley at Old Trafford next, but everyone at the club is focused on returning to Europe’s primary competition next season.

“We play at home against Burnley and we must win this one because the race for the Champions League spots is now very close,” said Mata.

“We have to get the three points at home, we know that, and that’s what we are working for. I’m sure we will make it with our people’s help.”

The Spaniard was also full of praise for Sam Allardyce’s side, saying that their current position in the table is well deserved. The Hammers currently sit eighth in the table and have impressed so far, despite struggling for most of last season.

“We saw all the good work that West Ham are doing this season,” added Mata.

“They are always tough to beat at home, and their position in the table is well deserved.”

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