Juan Mata admits Herrera was a bit angry after he beat him to award

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October was not a particularly memorable month for all those concerned with Manchester United.

Just two wins - one of which came against Manchester City in the EFL Cup - from six matches represented a poor return for Jose Mourinho's stuttering stars.

The admirable point picked up at Anfield was overshadowed by draws against Stoke and Burnley as well as the humiliating 4-0 defeat at Mourinho's old club Chelsea and it has left the Red Devils seven points behind the top four.

As a result of the poor performances on the pitch, the fans were left with a very difficult decision on who to vote for as Man United's best player for October.

Not many United stars could emerge from the last four weeks with any credit, however, Juan Mata and Ander Herrera were the leading contenders to pick up the award.

And it proved to be the closest vote ever, with Mata pipping his fellow Spaniard by just one percent.

The ex-Chelsea ace's winning goal against Man City is considered to be the main factor behind the victory but Mata has admitted he felt like he was in good form throughout October.

"Obviously I’m very grateful. The fans have been great to me every day since I came to Manchester and this vote means that I had a good month. I want to keep playing good football and try to win football matches because that’s what matters in the end," Mata told Man United's official website.

"It’s always special when you score against City or Liverpool. And it’s even more special when you win that game 1-0. It was an important game because, after the defeat against Chelsea, we needed that kind of performance and we got it and I was very pleased to score."

The 28-year-old also revealed how his closest rival for the award, Herrera, had reacted to finding out he hadn't won.

He added: "I read afterwards [how close the vote was]. When the winner was announced we were having a nap in Istanbul [before the game] and when we woke up Ander told me and he was a little bit angry! [Laughs] Next time maybe he will win."

Herrera might now be rueing that red card against Burnley which means he is suspended for Sunday's clash with Swansea as it could have been the difference between the two Spaniards.

But Mata was quick to praise his teammate and thinks their partnership is beginning to blossom.

"I think he is playing great. He’s playing in a different position right now and he’s adapting very well and I always enjoy playing alongside him.

"We understand football in the same way and we have a very good understanding on the pitch, the way we move and try to play and pass the ball. I think he’s a very important player for us."

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