English Premiership

Mata: United will fight for titles again

2016-11-01 17:42
Juan Mata (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Juan Mata admits the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson has left a tremendous amount of pressure on the current crop of players as the struggles at Manchester United continue.

After a 26-year reign that brought 38 trophies, including 13 Premier League titles and two UEFA Champions League crowns - Ferguson announced his retirement at the Red Devils.

David Moyes and Louis Van Gaal both failed to replicate the style and substance of their predecessor and were subsequently shown the door by the Manchester United hierarchy.

The arrival of Jose Mourinho this season along with £145m worth of talent has yet to spark the revival of the Premier League giants and their Spanish playmaker concedes the weight of expectation is beyond comparison.

However, the former Chelsea man feels the club will return to the heights of the Ferguson era.

"It is difficult to start a new era after the time Sir Alex was here," he told reporters after the weekend 0-0 draw with Burnley.

"But I would tell people that this club sooner or later will be fighting for trophies again and hopefully this season. 

"We are bringing players every year trying to get that and, sooner or later, we are going to get that because, as I said before, we have a great squad and also an unbelievable support behind us.

"I think we have brought very good players in and I think the squad is very strong and obviously we know that at the beginning of the season the results are not the best that we could get and especially some games have been a little bit cruel for us.

"We know we can do better in some ways and that we need to get points. Football is about winning and also about how you win, the confidence you feel on the pitch and the football you play, but obviously you need to get results."

Meanwhile, United face Fenebahce on Thursday in a Europa League clash after a disappointing goalless draw at home to Burnley.

Kick off is at 20:00 (SA time).

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Fixtures
Friday, 20 September 2019
Southampton v AFC Bournemouth, St. Mary's Stadium 21:00
Saturday, 21 September 2019
Leicester City v Tottenham Hotspur, King Power Stadium 13:30
Manchester City v Watford, Etihad Stadium 16:00
Everton v Sheffield United, Goodison Park 16:00
Burnley v Norwich City, Turf Moor 16:00
Newcastle United v Brighton & Hove Albion, St. James' Park 18:30
Sunday, 22 September 2019
West Ham United v Manchester United, London Stadium 15:00
Crystal Palace v Wolverhampton Wanderers, Selhurst Park 15:00
Arsenal v Aston Villa, Emirates Stadium 17:30
Chelsea v Liverpool, Stamford Bridge 17:30
Logs
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team
Vote

And the 2019/20 English Premiership champions will be ... ?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

The 2018/19 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

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.