The Red Devils take on Bayern Munich in the first leg of their quarter-final tie at Old Trafford next week as they look to book their place in the last four of Europe’s elite club competition.
People are saying how Bayern are going to score a lot of goals, but let’s try to avoid that
And Mata, who helped Chelsea win the Champions League in his first season at Stamford Bridge, believes that the Red Devils have what it takes to win the competition this term.
“Why not? I remember my first season at Chelsea, when we beat Barcelona to reach the Champions League final,” said Mata.
“It’s frustrating being cup-tied, but it is how it is. Those are the rules and I knew that before I came here.
“But I was really pleased with the comeback against Olympiacos in the previous round. I was in the crowd for that game. It is difficult because you want to play, and when you can only watch as a fan it is tough.
“People are saying how Bayern are going to score a lot of goals, but let’s try to avoid that. I think we can, I really do. Every game is different.
“Right now Bayern are the favourites, they have the pressure to try to win, so we will try to avoid that and try to change what everyone is thinking about the chances we have to qualify.”
MORE: Man United latest news
MORE: Arsenal latest news
MORE: Chelsea latest news
MORE: Liverpool latest news