Manchester United playmaker Juan Mata has insisted that confidence has been the key behind the side’s recent winning run.
United have now won four games in a row in all competitions for only the second time this season, which has allowed them to close the gap on their rivals for a top-four finish and the Champions League qualification that comes with it.
Mata is the only player to feature in every Premier League game so far this season, and he insists that the squad is finally starting to enjoy themselves and play with more freedom given their recent impressive run.
“It’s a good moment for us, a nice two or three weeks, winning games and enjoying our football, and making our fans proud,” he told Sky Sports.
“Since the game against Shrewsbury in the FA Cup, this victory gave us our confidence back. We won a massive game against Arsenal, and we showed character, intensity, and then in the last game it was tough.
“That’s what confidence means for me and any player I think. When you are winning and when you are having good results it is in a way easier to play your football, and that’s what we’re doing right now.”
United have faced plenty of criticism this season with their poor results and lack of goals, with coach Louis van Gaal in particular facing the brunt of the anger from supporters.
However, provided that they can maintain their current push, they could well salvage something from the campaign with silverware still available through the FA Cup and Europa League.