Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata feels his side are in a good position to challenge for the league title this season.
Mata put the finishing touches on another disciplined Man United performances as he scored the penalty to round off the side’s 2-0 win against West Brom at Old Trafford, as the Reds kept the pressure on the likes of Manchester City and Arsenal.
Mata has been on of United’s most consistent players so far this season and he will know that, even though it is still early in the campaign, his side are involved in a title race. Following City’s draw with Aston Villa, United are just two points behind their city rivals, who currently sit at the summit of the Premier League.
When asked about their title chances, Mata told MUTV: “Let’s see about that one, as there are still too many games until the end of the season [to judge]. We have to take it game by game.
“It was a difficult month for us with some tough games, but I think we are still in the position to do it.
“Now we have to focus on the national team and then we have a lot of games in late November and December and we have to be at our best level.”
United have managed to get through a tough month of fixtures without falling off the pace at the top of the table. Games against both Arsenal and City in October meant that it was a crucial month and, even though results didn’t go as planned for the Reds, they have been able to stay within touching distance of those ahead of them.
Traditionally, United tend to go on long winning runs in the second half of the season during their push for the title. However, the club have no been involved in a title race since Sir Alex Ferguson retired and it will be interesting to see how Louis van Gaal goes about trying to usurp City.
There is no doubt that Mata will be key to United’s chances going forward. The Spaniard has been involved in more goals than any other player since he came to Old Trafford and will need to be at the top of his game if the Reds are to challenge for top spot come the end of the campaign.