Juan Mata says he is hopeful Manchester United will be “closer to the top positions” when their Premier League title rivals drop points.
The Red Devils won their first league match in five games against Swansea last weekend and currently occupy sixth place in the top-flight standings.
And Mata is convinced their rivals for the title will allow them to close the gap to the top as they will inevitably falter as the season progresses.
“It’s true that our start to the season didn’t go as we had hoped for, but we are there,” Mata said.
“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.”
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Mata, who was speaking at Spain’s pre-match press conference ahead of their World Cup qualifier against Macedonia, was rumoured to be on his way out of Old Trafford in the summer after the arrival of Jose Mourinho as the club’s new manager increased speculation.
However, Mata has been a key part of the Portuguese manager’s plans this season and the Spaniard says he is “enjoying” himself.
“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,” he said.
“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.”