Juan Mata says there is a belief in the Manchester United dressing room that the club can be successful again and challenge for the domestic title next season off the back of their worst ever campaign in the Premier League era.
The Independent reports how the Spain international - who arrived at Old Trafford in a £37.1 million deal in the January transfer window - admitted that 2013/14 had been disastrous by the Red Devils' own high standards, but provided plenty of reason for optimism for a brighter future.
Manchester United finished the season with the best away record in the division, but it was their uncharacteristically poor home form that was responsible for the disappointing seventh place finish.
"I don't know [why things have gone so wrong]. We did not get the results we had to especially at Old Trafford," Mata told Rabona magazine.
"I remember it as one of the most difficult places to play as a visiting team. We need to bring that back. That is very important.
"Away from home, we are getting the results. We have been the best team away from home. That is the key point: to be reliable again at Old Trafford."
David Moyes was sacked as Manchester United manager in April after a turbulent 10 month spell in charge as successor to Sir Alex Ferguson. But, with Holland head coach Louis van Gaal expected to be appointed as his replacement after the World Cup this summer, there is already a renewed air of optimism sweeping across the club.
"We have to make sure there is no repeat of what has happened this season," added the 26-year-old. "We can be Manchester United again, as the club was in the last few years, winning Premier League titles.
"The belief in the dressing room is that we can again."
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