United’s poor start not the end of the world as rivals will drop points claims Juan Mata

Posted on November 14th, 2016

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Image: eurosport.com

Manchester United haven’t had the easiest of times since Sir Alex Ferguson departed in 2013, of course they’ve claimed the FA Cup and Community Shield but in the Premier League, the Reds have struggled.

David Moyes and Louis Van Gaal have both tried and failed to get the club back to the top of the Premier League. And now Jose Mourinho is struggling to take the reds back to the top. The Special One has won five, lost three and drew three of his first eleven games.

United’s poor start means they are now playing catch up their rivals, however, Juan Mata isn’t panicking just yet and claims that United will get the chance to reach the Premier League’s top positions when their rivals inevitably drop points.

Despite his optisim, it clearly isn’t the start the team were looking for: “It’s true that our start to the season didn’t go as we had hoped for, but we are there.

“The Premier League is a competition in which all the big clubs drop points and we remain hopeful that we can get closer to the top positions.” 

The Reds are now considered outsiders with a number of bookies offering 18/1 to win the title. Free footy tipsters SBAT are also projecting a waned performance from the Devils with more betting predictions in favour of the on form Liverpool and Chelsea.

Of course both Arsenal and Manchester City dropped points last time they played. Arsenal earned a 1-1 draw in the North London derby whilst City failed to beat Middlesbrough at home.

The Spanish midfielder conceded that it wasn’t the start of the season they were after: “It’s true that our start to the season didn’t go as we had hoped for, but we are there.

“The Premier League is a competition in which all the big clubs drop points and we remain hopeful that we can get closer to the top positions.” 

Mata played down rumours that he wanted out in the summer amid Mourinho’s arrival. It’s said that the pair had no relationship at Chelsea and the midfielder survived just six months under the Special One. The pair were reacquainted at Old Trafford with both parties playing down their rift. Mourinho claimed he did not sell Mata and that he needs him with him at United.

Mata has three goals to his name this season and has played in all of the club’s fifteen games. And he is eager to continue to his impressive form and put any transfer whispers behind him: “I want to continue to do the talking on the pitch after a strange summer, with so many things that came out that were false.

“I’m enjoying myself on the pitch and things are going well for me. I’ve had a good month and I want to continue to showcase my talent on the pitch.”

Currently sixth in the table on 18 points, Mata’s side are eight points behind league leaders Liverpool who are one point clear of Chelsea. Arsenal and Tottenham sit closely behind on 24 points, as Spurs remain the only Premier League team still to be beaten.

Manchester United’s lacklustre start doesn’t mean they’re out of the title race just yet. They secured a hard fought draw at Anfield and their blue neighbours have gone through a patch of shaky form lately showing that the title race is very much wide open.

Mourinho and his men take on Arsenal at Old Trafford on Saturday and a victory would close the gap on the Gunners to just three points. City, Liverpool and Chelsea are all away from home so it’s the perfect opportunity for United to catch up to their rivals.

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