White Hart Lane

Next Game

Tottenham v Man Utd

Sunday, 28 December 2014, 12:00

Barclays Prem

Old Trafford

Last Game

Man Utd 3 - 1 Newcastle

Friday, 26 December 2014, 15:00

Barclays Prem

Mata backs van Gaal mentality

Juan Mata has hailed new Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal and believes that the Dutchman will bring a winning mentality to Old Trafford.

Last Updated: 28/07/14 at 15:12 Post Comment

Juan Mata: Backed Louis van Gaal to succeed at Manchester United

Juan Mata: Backed Louis van Gaal to succeed at Manchester United

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Van Gaal has enjoyed a positive to start to life with United, overseeing friendly wins in his opening two games against LA Galaxy and Roma as part of their pre-season tour of America.

The 62-year-old guided the Netherlands to an impressive third-place finish at the World Cup earlier this summer, and now faces the task of leading his new side to an improvement upon their disappointing Premier League campaign.

United slumped to a seventh-place finish under Moyes – their lowest since 1990 – but Mata believes that van Gaal is already showing signs of being able to change their fortunes during a tough training camp.

"He is right to be demanding. As a player you want a coach like this – always demanding more, wanting us to play better and trying to win the games earlier or in a different way," said Mata.

"We feel the manager is a great manager who has brought a strong mentality.

"This club is made for a winning mentality and I think he has it. He has had success in different countries.

"We are happy with him and the way he works. Everything is new but we are adapting well to his style of football."

Despite taking a 3-0 lead against Roma thanks to a goal from Mata and Wayne Rooney double, United were made to hold on for a 3-2 win after conceding twice late on.

Van Gaal vented his frustrations at his side’s inability to keep possession, saying that “it was not a good performance”, but Mata welcomed his honest approach.

"After the game, when we had given two goals away, he was not very happy but I think his way is that of a great manager," he said.

"He is very honest with the players, he says what he thinks and has a clear way of understanding football."

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

really enjoyed this. Thanks F365 for another year of work avoidance - happy Christmas.

megabrow (cufc)
Our Person Of The Year: Alan Pardew

I

m no Sam Fan and this article sums him up beautifully. I always like to imagine that when he watches anything on TV and hears clapping, he stands up and aknowledges the applause, thinking its for him!

cozens
Football Managers On TV: Sam Allardyce

N

ah, Fergie is just having another pop at Rooney. He just wants to put him down whenever he gets a chance. Rooney is by far the best English player. Carrick is not far behind, mind. However, by elevating Carrick like that, Sir is having a dig at Wayne. Fergie is well-known for mind games like that. Good to see he's still feisty.

timbo
Van Gaal will thrive - Ferguson

Footer 365

Jose Mourinho: It's only a matter of time before John Terry gets new contract

John Terry will definitely stay at Chelsea beyond the end of his current deal, Jose Mourinho says.

Chelsea striker Fernando Torres to make permanent move to AC Milan ahead of Atletico Madrid return

Fernando Torres will join Milan permanently on January 5 ahead of his expected return to Atletico Madrid.

Neil Warnock sacked by Crystal Palace after run of one win in 12 games

Neil Warnock has been sacked as manager of Crystal Palace, with Keith Millen placed in charge for Sunday's trip to QPR.

Mail Box

Van Gaal's Half-Term Report Card...

One Man United fan isn't happy with the rate the team is progressing under Louis van Gaal, while the mailbox also wishes Liverpool fans a Merry Mid-Table Christmas...

Hang On, Rafa's Success Is No Fluke...

The afternoon mailbox kicks the morning mailbox's arse after claims that Rafa Benitez has fluked his success. Plus, big talk about Liverpool's progress and lots more...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property