The mood inside the Manchester United camp is much improved after their 2-0 win over Burnley on the weekend, Spanish midfielder Juan Mata has expressed even as the first international break has ensued to give the club time to recharge batteries.
“I know that you will be a lot more excited to read this blog post today than you would have been a few days ago. A win helps breeds confidence, so all of us will be starting the week feeling a lot better, without a shadow of a doubt,” Mata penned on his blog.
United were reeling after consecutive losses to Brighton & Hove Albion and Tottenham Hotspur, with many media outlets claiming that manager Jose Mourinho was on the verge of getting the sack.
“As you can all imagine, it was a win that we really needed right before the international break. We had to win to end the bad run of results that we were coming into the weekend with, and that’s what we did.”
Romelu Lukaku came to the fore to save his manager’s skin with a first-half brace at Turf Moor to secure a 2-0 win for the Red Devils.
Marcus Rashford’s sending off in the second-half had made the contest a little tighter than it should have, but the visitors held on for their second win of the season.
Mata, however, didn’t play any part in the win over the Clarets and the experienced Spaniard admitted he was disappointed not to be in the matchday squad.
“On a personal level, the afternoon didn’t start so well for me when I found out that I wouldn’t be involved in the game, but two things helped me to feel better about myself: the result and the atmosphere that from our fans in the stands. The passion, spirit, intensity and energy that comes from the fans is the engine that drives football.”
United are 10th in the Premier League after four games played and their next game is a challenging one as they face a Watford side level with the likes of Liverpool and Chelsea at the top of the table on points.
“Many thanks to all of you who made the trip to Burnley and cheered us on relentlessly. And, of course, thank you for chanting my name and singing ‘my song’! You’re all amazing.”
The Red Devils visit Vicarage Road for their clash with the Hornets on September 15.
“The club is special for a lot of reasons, and undoubtedly one of them is all of you out there. You struggle along with us when we lose and celebrate with us when we win,” the Spaniard added as he signed off.