Juan Mata believes that Manchester United can turn the Champions League tie around at Old Trafford, while David Moyes scouts PSV defender Santiago Arias.
While on a break in Spain, Juan Mata took to writing a blog where he spoke about United’s chances of qualifying for the quarter-finals of the Champions League along with the tough fixtures that welcome the Red Devils in the coming month.
After the 2-0 defeat to Olympiakos which apparently ruffled quite a few feathers in the United dressing room, Mata and his team-mates enjoyed a rare weekend off after their fixture against City was postponed due to the Cup final held on Sunday.
Mata spoke about United’s comfortable win at Crystal Palace where the Spaniard played an important role and how United could not carry the momentum to Greece where they lost to Olympiakos by two goals.
“After last weekend’s win against Crystal Palace, we could not win in the Champions League, suffering a painful loss in Greece.” – The Manchester United midfielder said.
He expressed his disappointment at not being able to be a part of the starting line-up having played for Chelsea during the early stages of the tournament.
“Moreover, as I can’t play in the Champions League I had to watch the match at home and suffered as I couldn’t help!” – He added.
However the new signing remained optimistic and believes that United can turn the fixture around. He accepted that coming back from a two goal deficit will be extremely tough for the English champions but put his faith on the team along with the fans who he believes provide an excellent atmosphere for the club at Old Trafford.
“Nevertheless, although it’ll be difficult, I think we can comeback at Old Trafford with an incredible atmosphere thanks to our fans.”
Manchester United have been gifted an extended break and the team will know how important it is to recuperate as tough fixtures await in March. Mata spoke about the importance of the upcoming fixtures and reiterated on the need to ‘climb up positions’ as they trail miserably in the English Premier League.
“A thrilling month is starting with five Premier League games against important rivals such as Liverpool and Manchester City. We do know it is a crucial month to climb up positions on the league table and we are going to give our best to try and win every single match.”
Meanwhile reports suggest that David Moyes is wasting no time as he prepares a ‘shopping list’ for summer. One of the main reasons behind United’s decline under their new manager has been the lack of quality defence. With Vidic on his way out and Ferdinand and Evra way past their prime, it will not be drastic to say that David Moyes needs to over-haul his defensive line-up.
It seems Santiago Arias is on Moyes’ radar after reports emerged that Moyes sent his scouts to watch the Columbian international play for PSV. The right-back has been instrumental for PSV Eindhoven this season and it seems that United are keen to sign the defender after talks with Everton over Seamus Coleman reportedly cooled off. Though Rafael has been Manchester United’s fist choice right-back, his injuries have forced Moyes to experiment with Valencia and Smalling on the right, both failing to make much of an impact in the position.
With the clock-ticking and pressure mounting on the new manager, it will be interesting to see how David Moyes steers United out of its biggest crisis in recent years. Though the United management have stood firm by their manager and have reportedly set aside a large sum of money for the transfer window, United’s future ultimately lies in the hands of David Moyes who will have to convince the Untied faithful of his ability to manage a club of this stature.
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