Jaun Mata has been looking ahead to a massive month for Manchester United.
The Spanish international had arguably his best game in a United shirt just prior to the international break, when he netted both goals in a 2-1 victory away to Liverpool – including an absolute beauty of a scissor-kick.
That result saw United take a big step towards Champions League qualification next season but there is still plenty of football to be played, with April full of tough fixtures.
Next up for United is a home match against Aston Villa before back-to-back games against the top two, Manchester City and Chelsea.
Writing on Monday morning, Mata said, “I check the calendar and I see four big games for us in April: Aston Villa, Manchester City, Chelsea and Everton.
“All of them are big clubs and we want to show that we can beat them, getting close to our goal and also making our fans happy.”
If United do that, they could yet finish as high as second in the league, but van Gaal will surely know there are a few twists and turns to come, and that a top-four finish is still the priority.