Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata has been left purring over his side’s performance against Hull over the weekend.
United were comfortable 3-0 winners against the Tigers at Old Trafford as they look to consolidate their place in the Premier League’s top four, with the aim being Champions League football for next season.
Goals from Chris Smalling, Wayne Rooney and a superb strike from Robin Van Persie were enough to help United to the win, although Angel Di Maria and Rooney both picked up injury problems before the end of the game.
“I enjoyed myself a lot on the pitch. We were better than Hull since the beginning, with several chances to score and a high percentage of ball possession that we used to play some nice football that I think our fans did like. That is the way to go!” wrote Mata in his weekly blog.
“Ángel’s injury is a pity; we hope he gets fit again soon. As for Wayne’s problems, hopefully it’s nothing too serious. In this regard, we keep being really unfortunate with so many injuries.”
Louis van Gaal has been forced to deal with injuries to key players throughout the season and hopefully that burden on the first team will ease over the second half of the campaign.
The Dutchman has kept his cool and trusted the players at his disposal and performances have gradually improved when other coaches may have made bolder and ill-advised decisions, seeking a quick fix type solution.
United have momentum and Mata feels it’s important they maintain that over the next few weeks, starting with the game against Stoke tomorrow night.
“After the game, in the dressing room, the feeling was that we had played a good game to be proud of, because it had showed all our efforts in the training sessions during the week. This win adds up to a good run of results. Let’s hope to consolidate that in December, a very busy month that can take us closer to our goals.”
United have already been written off in some sections of the press but they’re fourth and above Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur, three of the teams competing against them for Champions League football.