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26/03/2014 09:00, Report by Gemma Thompson
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Mata wants strong finish

Juan Mata spoke to United Review about his time as a Red so far and his aims for the remainder of the campaign...

It’s just over two months since you joined the club - have you been pleased with your form so far?
I am very happy with my relationship with my team-mates and the manager and the way he gives me confidence, but we have lost some games in that time which I have not been happy about. The one thing I do know is after every game I go to bed feeling that I gave everything for the team. I’ve always tried my best and I will continue to give my best in every match.

What does the fans' incredible support this season, particularly recently, mean to the players?
It means a lot. They are our 12th player and are so important to us. They deserve a reward from our side. What we experienced in the Liverpool game was unbelievable. We lost 3-0 on a very difficult day yet when we were walking off the pitch at the end they were singing and clapping. It was amazing. They deserve more nights like we saw against Olympiacos.

When we needed to produce a performance we did it against Olympiacos – what was the difference on the night?
I think it was the atmosphere. It’s a different atmosphere for Champions League nights. The other players told me that those nights at Old Trafford are different and they were right. The first goal was very important because the game was tight until then. The character the team showed was amazing.

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