Juan Mata is confident that Manchester United’s board and the manager will follow through on their word that they will be bringing in the right players to Old Trafford this summer.
After the small matter of last summer, there is more than a hint of trepidation among United fans who don’t have the belief that Ed Woodward and David Moyes are going to be able to secure the right signings this year.
But Mata has every confidence that they will stay true to what they told him when he first joined the club in January.
“I knew these six months were going to be difficult,” Mata told The Mirror in an excellent interview.
“Even before I came, things were difficult here, so I knew I wasn’t coming to a side that was going to win, win and win.
“But I knew as well that this club was going to come back and that the future was going to be bright.
“When I was in my situation at Chelsea, not playing, everyone I spoke with in football said, ‘Yeah, maybe Manchester United aren’t at their best this season – but it’s still Manchester United!’
“It’s not a team that’s just played one season in the Champions League and you’re going to a club that’s not top level. No, this will always be a top level club, one of the biggest in the world.
“So if you don’t play Champions League one season, you’ll play in it the next year, or you will still win trophies, because it’s what the club is about.
“I have no doubt about it. When I joined, in all my conversations with the board and the manager about next season, they were confident about getting the right players.
“They know, and I know, we’re in a transitional moment, but in the summer they’re going to try to sign a few players and I have the faith they are going to bring top players in.
“I’m sure this club is going to come back and fight for every trophy. Since I was a kid, Manchester United was fighting for everything, and this moment is going to come back for sure.”
Hopefully Mata’s confidence isn’t misplaced and you have to imagine that he would have been given some guarantees when he joined that his arrival would not be the last big name to come to Old Trafford over the next few transfer windows.
It seems that everything Mata says is sugar coated in the right way. He’s always the bearer of good news and has presented himself in such a way this season that he is more of an ambassador for the club than some of our most senior players.
He just gets it. There’s no two ways about it. ‘Yeah, maybe Manchester United aren’t at their best this season – but it’s still Manchester United!’ – say no more!
Mata also stood in defence of Moyes and deflected blame solely away from him, saying that it is a collective situation that Manchester United find themselves.
“We have to be together,” Mata added.
“Now is not the time to blame anyone. Now is not the time to look for guilty people.
“Now is the time to stick together – with the manager, with his staff, the players and with the people on the board of the club. We need to carry on, to stay with the manager. We need to believe in him, because as players we know we have to improve.
“It’s not just the manager, it’s not just the tactics. It’s all of us. It’s not the time to blame one person. We are all together in this.
“Some of my friends told me if this situation was happening in another club in Spain it would be different, but the club and the players are behind the manager.
“We need to be strong as a team, as a dressing-room and keep working hard. We need to improve, we know it, but we need to do it together.”
We may as well make Mata the captain here and now really? Get it over and done with.