Cape Town - Juan Mata says that the win at Villa Park this weekend has put his side in the right frame of mind to push for a Champion's League spot.
Manchester United's three points against Aston Villa is exactly what the team needs to provide the momentum necessary to challenge Arsenal and Manchester City for the coveted fourth spot in the Premier League table, says the Spain international.
The Red Devils are playing their next two matches at home, an advantage the midfielder is certain will play a role in their upcoming results.
"We are in good spirits ahead of these two games after the win against Aston Villa," the player wrote on his personal blog. "The last week was very positive for us and it should help the team to gather momentum for the last few games."
"Our goal is to play the Champions League the next season and all we think about right now is to win every single game. We play at home and we want to have a good game in front of our fans; we know that we can count on Old Trafford to have an extra energy. With the crowd’s support we can be closer to the victory although Palace got a draw at the Emirates this weekend and it’s not going to be an easy game for us."
The ex-Chelsea playmaker also spoke of his team's upcoming FA Cup quarter-final against Everton, this coming Saturday.
"The end of the season approaches and all the competitions are now selecting their possible winners. Among them is the FA Cup and that’s where we want to be: lifting this historic trophy," he wrote. "As you know, last Wednesday we defeated West Ham so we will play the semis in Wembley the next Saturday.
"In this complex season we have managed to advance in the FA Cup and now we are very excited with this unique competition that has no equal in the world, with a stadium and atmosphere that make you feel the weight of history."