Juan Mata has shed light on the buoyant dressing room atmosphere following Manchester United’s 1-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur last weekend.
Henrik Mkhitaryan’s superb goal in the 28th minute proved enough to seal an important three points for Jose Mourinho’s men.
Man United’s win – their first at home in the Premier League since September 24 – takes them to within three points of Spurs and six points off fourth spot.
Mata, writing in his weekly blog, was in good spirits after seeing his side claim a much-needed victory over the weekend.
“It’s been a positive week with two wins,” he said.
“As I told you here a week ago, this is what the team needs in order to get confidence and feel that the work we’re doing is bearing fruit.
“Tottenham is a very competitive side, they had lost only once in the Premier League this season, which gives more value to our victory in Old Trafford this Sunday.
“Now we have two away games in a row so there’s nothing to celebrate. As from now we start working on the game against Crystal Palace, to extend the good streak.
“Selhurst Park is always a difficult stadium to get the three points, and the same applies to The Hawthorns. Both games will be very demanding.
“Crystal Palace are trying to put distance with the relegation zone, and West Brom are proving to be a solid team this season, tough to beat, but we have to keep working well to get closer to the top side of the table.”
Sunday’s game with Spurs was, above anything, a test of United’s mental resolve. Everyone knew that failure to claim three points against Mauricio Pochettino’s men would essentially spell an end to their top four hopes. This was crunch-time – all hopes for a positive Premier League campaign rested on the next 90 minutes.
And as the final whistle blew, the main thing sweeping across Old Trafford was, above anything, a sense of relief. Mourinho, with his side on the precipice of drifting away this season, has found his best starting XI, and United fans will be desperate to see them kick on in the coming weeks.