Manchester United new-boy Juan Mata believes his side can still finish in the top four despite the fact that they are 11 points behind fourth-placed Liverpool.
Former Chelsea attacking midfielder Mata, who moved to Manchester United for £37.1million in January, is remaining positive about the chances of sealing Champions League football next season.
The 25-year-old, who has played four games for Manchester United since sealing a move to Old Trafford, has backed David Moyes to get the Premier League champions back on track.
Speaking to Canal+, Mata said on his hopes for the rest of the season: "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.
"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."
Manchester United will have to leapfrog Everton, Tottenham and Liverpool in their final 12 Premier League games if they are going to finish inside the top four.
Mata and Co. will be hoping they can return to winning form against Crystal Palace at the weekend after failing to beat Stoke, Fulham and Arsenal.
The Spanish international is likely to start against Palace at Selhurst Park on Saturday as Mata is ineligible to play in the Champions League on Tuesday.
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