Juan Mata at a Europa League press conference

Mata believes silverware will come soon for United

Juan Mata believes Manchester United will start winning silverware again sooner, rather than later.

The 31-year-old, speaking prior to our UEFA Europa League clash with AZ Alkmaar tomorrow, has won three major trophies at Old Trafford since signing from Chelsea in 2014 and is hungry to add to his collection.

“I think that when the club says we’re going to take time and the manager as well, we don’t believe it’s going to be too long,” said the Spaniard, at the pre-match press conference in the Hague.

“I think this club, since I’ve been born, has always been winning. [Ole] has won here a lot as a player and, for me, personally, I have been here for a few years already and won a few things, but obviously, my aim in my mind is only to win something important with United.

Juan Mata with the Europa League trophy in 2017
Mata was part of the United squad which tasted Europa League glory in 2017.

“I believe that during my time here as a player we can do it.

“Obviously, we know other teams are doing things well and playing very good football, but I think that winning a trophy with United is possible and that, now, in the final part of my career, is my biggest opportunity.”

The Reds’ last major honour came in May 2017, when we defeated Ajax to claim the UEFA Europa League for the first time.

With United trailing Liverpool and Manchester City in the Premier League table at this early stage of the season, Mata concedes that winning the title will be difficult, but he has his sights set on glory before the new contract he signed in the summer expires.

“Well, it is what it is. The rivals are playing good, they’re winning trophies,” the playmaker added.

“But, as I said when I renewed my contract here, to be a Manchester United player is something really special and if I can win a trophy here during my time playing it will be incredible and it would be worth the wait, for sure.”

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