Juan Mata explains why Man United didn’t challenge for the title this season

Manchester United’s first year under Jose Mourinho is over. The former Chelsea boss scooped two of the four major trophies on offer this campaign, but some poor form in the league meant a finish outside of the top four, which is an issue that has to be rectified next season.

One player who had another pretty good season was Juan Mata. The Spaniard, who was sold to Manchester United by Mourinho when he was in charge of Chelsea, drifted in and out of the team but whenever he played, he seemed to make us tick.

He’s that one member of the squad who can unlock a defence with one brilliant pass, or spot a run from one of his teammates on the other side of the field. Despite missing a lot of football as the season drew to a close, he managed to get himself fit enough for the Europa League final and he had a wonderful evening.

Now, in his weekly blog, the loveable attacker has lifted the lid on Manchester United’s season on the whole. He claimed that the three trophies the Red Devils won was superb, but he is aware that the bread and butter of the Premier League didn’t go so well – due to a lack of consistency.

“We won the Community Shield right after the preseason, we lifted the EFL Cup trophy in London, in a very special game for me, and of course the final in Sweden,” he wrote in his blog.

“But we are aware of our lack of consistency and effectiveness in the Premier League that prevented us from fighting for the title, which is what Manchester United is supposed to do.”

I guess that for a first season in charge it has to be viewed as a successful one. This coming campaign, so much resides on a title push. The squad that Mourinho is assembling is one full of perennial winners and some outstandingly gifted individuals. It is up to the boss to get them playing like a team, and if they do, there is absolutely no reason as to why we cannot be right up there come next May.

The players know that it is the finer details that stopped us from securing a top-four finish in the league and if those little problems can be ironed out, next season could be a good one.

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