MANCHESTER — Winger Juan Mata believes Manchester United’s season hinges on how they come away from a difficult run of fixtures in the next month, reports Daily Mirror.
Tomorrow, United travel to Mata’s former club Chelsea — where they have not won since 2012 — before taking on Italian giants Juventus in the Champions League on Wednesday.
Jose Mourinho’s side then host Everton, followed by three away fixtures at Juventus, Bournemouth and local rivals Manchester City.
With United in eighth position having already lost three times, Mata acknowledged these games can spark their season into life.
“Definitely a difficult month,” said the Spaniard.
“We have tough rivals in the league and Juventus in Champions League.
“But if we have good results, it could be a good month, in terms of points, mindset and confidence.
“Let’s see where we are next month and December. It’s an exciting month ahead.”
Mata inspired United’s thrilling fightback from 2-0 down against Newcastle before the international break to ease some pressure off the team and Mourinho.
He came off the bench to score the first goal before Anthony Martial and Alexis Sanchez struck for a 3-2 win.
United have not won at Stamford Bridge since a December 2012 3-2 victory en route to their last title before Alex Ferguson retired.
They also lost their last two in London, without scoring and conceding five.
In their past five league visits, United lost four and drew one, conceding 10 and scoring just two.
“I had good memories from Stamford Bridge and the fans,” said Mata, who spent two and a half years there.
“Our aim is to change the negative run at Chelsea. We’ll try to be clinical, defend well and play with confidence. We have to believe we can win, we need that mentality in important games.”
Mata is confident the Newcastle win could be a turning point in what has been a tough season.
He told Sky Sports: “After halftime, we scored three, could have had more.
“We felt a real connection with the fans, they helped a lot.
“It was a massive change. We needed to win and left with good feelings.” — Agencies