When Jose Mourinho was appointed as manager of Manchester United, reports suggested that Juan Mata would be the first out of the door, given this was the manager who sold the player from Chelsea to United in the first place.
However, Mata has thrived since Mourinho has joined the club. The player has sung the praises of Mourinho for getting United playing attacking football again.
In terms of results, this is the best I have known at Manchester United. In terms of the confidence and the mentality we are showing, yes, it is also the best time since I have been here.
He has changed. It is a different environment, it is a different club and squad. You always play depending on the different players you have. With this club, it has always been known that they play one kind of football — which is attacking football and creating chances. We are doing that. He is happy with the performances. Everyone can see the players are playing with more confidence. He is the same person, has the same staff almost, but what has changed is the environment.
United have one foot in the League Cup final after beating Hull 2-0 at Old Trafford. Mata has looked ahead to the success he hopes that is on the way.
We won the FA Cup and Community Shield but, when you are in a club like this, you expect to fight for everything. When I came, it was after Sir Alex Ferguson who was the most successful part of this club’s history so it was not easy.
But we feel we are getting there. The last two or three years have not been the best in the history of the club but hopefully the next ones will be very good and hopefully I can be here to live it and to celebrate very important things with this club. I can imagine it will be amazing.
The manager said we needed to find this routine of always winning and we have done that in the last two months and we have to keep that going. It is not good to celebrate things too early. We are very happy with what we are doing but there are still months to go and hopefully we can celebrate at the end.