Manchester United playmaker Juan Mata has admitted that he is concerned by the Red Devils’ run of three matches without a goal or a point, which has seen them slip down the Premier League table.
Louis van Gaal’s men had looked to be closing in on a second-place finish after a fine run of form, only to run into trouble with consecutive defeats at the hands of Chelsea, Everton and West Bromwich Albion.
They now occupy fourth place in the Premier League table, five points behind second-placed rivals Man City and now only four ahead of old enemies Liverpool in fifth.
United remain favourites to hold onto that crucial fourth spot and land a Champions League qualifying spot in the process, but they still have a tough game against Arsenal on the horizon and the team from Merseyside will look to capitalise on any further slip-ups.
Writing in his weekly blog, Mata said: “We must focus on being effective because we haven’t scored in the last few games and we can’t afford it any longer.”
United’s next game sees them travel to Crystal Palace on Saturday for the tea-time kick-off.