Juan Mata sure of Man United Champions League progress

Juan Mata is convinced that Manchester United are capable of overturning their first-leg deficit against Olympiacos

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Manchester United's Juan Mata Photo: The Sport Review

Juan Mata is convinced that Manchester United are capable of overturning their first-leg deficit and beating Olympiacos to reach the Champions League last 16.

The Red Devils slumped to a surprise 2-0 loss in Greece last week to leave David Moyes’ men with an uphill task in trying to reach the quarter-finals.

But Mata, who is cup-tied in the competition, is backing United to turn the tie around in the return leg at Old Trafford on 19 March.

I think we can comeback at Old Trafford with an incredible atmosphere thanks to our fans

Juan Mata

“After last weekend’s win against Crystal Palace, we could not win on Champions suffering a painful loss in Greece,” Mata wrote on his blog on grada360.com.

“Moreover, as I can’t play Champions League I had to watch the match at home and suffered as I couldn’t help!

“Nevertheless, although it’ll be difficult, I think we can comeback at Old Trafford with an incredible atmosphere thanks to our fans.”

Mata also backed his side to emerge out of a crucial run of fixtures this month as they look to claw their way back into the race for a top-four finish.

“A thrilling month is starting with five Premier games against important rivals such as Liverpool or Manchester City,” he said.

“We do know it is a crucial month to climb up positions on the League table and we are going to give our best to try and win every single match.”

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