English Premiership

Mata hoping October is a good month for United

2016-10-04 16:50
Juan Mata (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Juan Mata believes that Manchester United can enjoy a lot of success this season despite cooling down after their strong start to the season. 

United have already won the Community Shield this season and began their Premier League campaign with three consecutive wins over AFC Bournemouth, Southampton and Hull City. 

Things began to go downhill from there as they lost their next three games, which included a 1-0 loss to Feyenoord in the Europa League. 

The Red Devils broke out of their slump by winning three games on the trot before their streak was ended on Sunday when they were held to a 1-1 draw against Stoke City. 

While Mata admitted that United should have claimed three points over the weekend, he is optimistic about his side’s chances of adding more silverware to their trophy cabinet. 

"I'm feeling angry because the team played really well but we didn't win," he wrote in a blog on his website. "It was a pity, that's the truth. My perception from the pitch was that we were playing a good game, creating chances, passing the ball effectively, but we couldn't complete our job.

"We have to take the positive aspects and know that if we keep playing like this, we will definitely get good results. Against Stoke, the team was full of confidence and we wanted to keep the good streak. We did it in terms of football and the way we played, but not in the score.

"With only one point instead of three we are not in the best mood to take the international break, but we are aware that, at our level, everything is possible this season."

United, who currently sit in sixth place on the Premier League standings, will play five more games this month - against Liverpool, Fenerbahce, Chelsea, Manchester City and Burnley – and Mata firmly believes that his side can significantly boost their confidence levels if they were to come out on top in every single match. 

"We have five games in October that are very important and we will give our best to make it a good month," he wrote. "Manchester United has always had challenges and the one we have this season is still there.

"Many times in sport you must learn to accept those games when, even if you do many things well, you don't win. That is football, and that's why it's such a nice and exciting sport.

"We'll be back to the competition in two weeks [against Liverpool] in Anfield. It's a massive game and we are looking forward to start working on it."

NEXT ON SPORT24X

What To Read Next

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Fixtures
Saturday, 16 December 2017
Leicester City v Crystal Palace, King Power Stadium 14:30
Stoke City v West Ham United, Bet365 Stadium 17:00
Arsenal v Newcastle United, Emirates Stadium 17:00
Chelsea v Southampton, Stamford Bridge 17:00
Brighton & Hove Albion v Burnley, The American Express Community Stadium 17:00
Watford v Huddersfield Town, Vicarage Road Stadium 17:00
Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur, Etihad Stadium 19:30
Sunday, 17 December 2017
West Bromwich Albion v Manchester United, The Hawthorns 16:15
AFC Bournemouth v Liverpool, Vitality Stadium 18:30
Monday, 18 December 2017
Everton v Swansea City, Goodison Park 22:00
Logs
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team
Vote

Who will claim the Premier League title at the end of the 2017/18 season?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.