United lost the game 1-0 but Mata has suggested that United were the dominant side in key areas, which is impressive considering they were the away side playing against the title favourites.
“I was proud – I felt proud of the game the team had played, keeping the ball possession, controlling the game and creating chances to score, and all this at Stamford Bridge against the leader,” wrote Mata.
“As our manager said after the game, we were loyal to our football idea, and despite the score didn’t show that, if we keep playing like this there will be many more wins than defeats, I’m pretty sure of that.”
The result was a setback because United had been playing well in the build up to the game, which would have given them the confidence of securing another three points and improving their position in the top four.
The main aim for this season was always going to be securing Champions League football, which remains a realistic possibility.
United have an eight point gap over arch rivals Liverpool, though they do have a game in hand, but if United control matches in the manner that Mata suggests, there is enough talent and attacking ability to ensure that Louis van Gaal’s team win games regularly.
The United team of earlier this season may well have rolled over against Chelsea, but the current one dug in and were lucky not to take anything away from the game. Next up for United is a difficult trip to Everton.