Cape Town - Manchester
United attacking midfielder Juan Mata has made it clear that the team
will do their utmost to claim the Europa League title on Wednesday.
Jose Mourinho stated his intention to win the Europa League as their
route to Champions League qualification, and after finishing sixth in
the Premier League, it all comes down to the clash with Ajax at
the Friends Arena.
Mata is aware of the importance of the game and assured Red Devils'
supporters that the players are going to go all-out to claim victory.
"It’s really important for us," he told the club's official website.
"We can win a trophy the club has never won, a European trophy, and then
obviously have the chance to play Champions League football next
season. So we are taking it very seriously and are focused on trying to
"We’ve played a lot of games but, for me, when you reach a final, the
mental power is much stronger than the physical side of it. We are just
focused on giving the last push of the season, using all our strength
and leaving everything on the pitch, and trying to win.
"It was one of my aims when I came – to win big trophies. Hopefully
we can do it on Wednesday and then, next season, another one. Since I
came, we won some trophies but no European ones and it’s always special
to play in Europe with this club."