Juan Mata has been talking a big game ahead of the 2015-16 season by claiming that it’s just a matter of time before Manchester United claim a 21st league title.
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The Red Devils last won the Premier League in Sir Alex Ferguson’s final season at the club during the 2012-13 campaign, but have not come close to being crowned champions of England in the last two years.
David Moyes, who was the immediate successor to Ferguson, did not finish the season as manager as his ill-fated time in charge left the Red Devils outside the top seven.
Dutch boss Louis van Gaal was installed as United’s second manager in as many years last summer and he repaired some of the damage that Moyes had left behind to guide the club back into the Champions League ahead of the new season.
After a poor start last year, United managed to turn their form around in the second half of the season to secure a fourth placed finish with two games to spare and Mata believes they can win the league next year with the right additions to the playing staff:
“The football that he [van Gaal] wants us to play is an attractive football and I love that football so I think it’s just a matter of time,” the Spaniard said [via Mirror Sport].
“We have this first season achieved a Champions League spot and then hopefully next season we will do better and win more.”
“What I want is to win the Premier League. I was lucky enough to win so many trophies [at Chelsea] but I didn’t win the Premier League and it’s something that I have in my mind.”
“I want to win it and I want to play good football with Manchester United, to show that we are still there and fighting for every title. With good football I think we can do it,” Mata added.
The ex-Chelsea playmaker played a pivotal role in United securing a return to Europe’s elite club competition as the majority of his nine league goals were extremely vital including his brilliant second against Liverpool at Anfield.