Juan Mata still believes that Manchester United can secure qualification for next season's Champions League, according to the Mirror.
The Red Devils are currently languishing in 7th place in the Premier League, 11 points adrift of 4th place Liverpool and behind top four hopefuls Tottenham and Everton.
As such United's new signing knows it will be difficult to catch the teams above them, but believes it is still possible.
"The objective is to get to the Champions League spots. It’s difficult because Liverpool are doing well, so are Arsenal, as well as Tottenham and Everton, who are all clubs also fighting for them, but I think we have a team who can do it," he said.
Mata was purchased in the hope that he could inspire United for the second half of the season. But draws against Arsenal and Fulham and a 2-1 reverse against Stoke has left their season in disarray. Mata however believes it is only a matter of time before United find their feet:
"This is Manchester United. When this club wins two, three or four matches in a row, it has a very important mental strength, a winner’s mentality. We are coming and I think we can do it, but we have to win a lot of games first."
The Premier League champions have fallen behind the likes of Chelsea, Arsenal and rivals Manchester City, as they sit 15 points off first-place Chelsea. The Spaniard did admit that this was not good enough, but that there was time for change so long as his team's form drastically improves.
"This is a club that should always be fighting for the Premier League. I think, in the last 20 or 21 years, they’ve won 13 times. The mentality of this club is to win and fight for all the trophies. Unfortunately this year, things haven’t gone so well in the league, but I believe there is still time this season. With the mentality and the staff that we have, I believe we can climb up the table and win as many games as possible," he finished.
Mata & co. face an away trip to Crystal Palace this weekend before a tough Champions league tie against Olympiakos.
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