Juan Mata has insisted that, whilst this season might be a write off, United will be back competing for the title next season.

“I think Man Utd is always going to be fighting for every title,” Mata said. “This season in the Premier League we were not winning that well earlier in the season, but I think next year and the years coming this team is going to fight for every title. It is what it has to do and what it has always being doing. When you are outside of the club you see Man United as one of the biggest clubs in the world. And being inside you have time to realise it is true.”

Mata has only been at the club for a few weeks but adjusted to the move straight away.

“It’s been very good,” he added. “From the first day I’ve felt really happy. Playing for this club is a big challenge for any player and for me as well. I feel I am at the perfect age to improve as a player and a person, so I think it will be a really good move for me.”