Manchester United playmaker Juan Mata has bemoaned the club's injury crisis after full-back Luke Shaw was taken off in the early stages in the Emirates showdown against Premier League rivals Arsenal this past weekend.
In his latest blog, as reported by the Manchester United official site, the Spaniard hailed the side's 'important' win in north London, despite having to watch from the substitute bench.
Mata, who struck United's winner against Crystal Palace before the international break, failed to make an appearance against the Gunners, but has looked ahead to the club's next two Premier League fixtures against the duo of Hull and Stoke on home soil.
Mata said: "Following Saturday’s victory, we had an intense training session on Sunday and we also reviewed the game in London. Now we are looking forward to our next two consecutive games at Old Trafford.
"This win was very important, that’s for sure. Arsenal are a team that keep attacking the entire game, even more so when they play at home. They created good chances and it was tough, but we managed to bring the three points back to Manchester thanks to David [De Gea]’s great performance, Antonio [Valencia]’s shot that ended up in an own goal and Wayne [Rooney]’s clinical finish.
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"We are fourth now and we want to keep climbing the table. After two victories in a row, all we want now is to maintain this good streak. It’s not going to be easy against Hull and Stoke, but we hope to play two good games and win."
Despite the injury blows, Mata has insisted that the Red Devils must look to build momentum by wining games on a consistent basis.
He continued by saying: "The bad news was Luke Shaw’s injury and, unfortunately, we are suffering too many of them so far this season, but the most important thing is to keep winning games while we wait for the team-mates to be fully fit."
Mata, then, will certainly be hoping to play a key role for the side in the upcoming fixtures. With the array of attacking talent at Louis van Gaal's disposal at the Theatre of Dreams, it won't be easy for the Spaniard to gain a regular role in the starting XI.
But, despite the problems at the club, things are starting to look up, with United now sitting in forth place in the Premier League table. After last season's failure to qualify for Europe's elite competition, the Red Devils will be desperate to cement their place in the 2015/16 tournament.
United's No.8, meanwhile, will be determined to prove his credentials at the club over the coming weeks and months.