Manchester United’s newest recruit Juan Mata claims that the club will still attract the biggest names in world football despite not having the pull of Champions League football next season. Although Mata hasn’t given up hope on making European football’s elite competition just yet, despite sitting eleven points off the pace.
Whether United qualify for the Champions League, the Europa League or no continental competition at all, its clear that a major squad overhaul will be required come the summer.
In an interview with Canal Plus, Mata said:
“I don’t know what will happen in the summer but the manager said the other day at a press conference that he’s going to be signing players,’
‘I think this club is at a stage of change, but I can tell you that the best players in the world will always arrive.”
‘The objective is to get to the Champions League spots,’ Mata added.
‘It’s difficult because Liverpool, Arsenal, Tottenham and Everton are playing well and fighting for the top four, 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.”
Its nice to see that Juan hasn’t given up just yet, but we’d probably have to go unbeaten from now until the end of the season in the league if we were to stand any chance whatsoever. If I were Moyes I’d make a real push to try and win the Champions League, because as stupid as it sounds thats probably our best hope at getting into the competition next year.
When you have a front four of Mata, Januzaj, Rooney and Van Persie, that’ll always be an attraction for other players to join. I honestly think that if we can sort the midfield and defence out in the summer we’ll be a real force again.