The Red Devils are currently seventh in the Premier League table heading into the final weekend after a disappointing campaign following Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement last summer.
I’ll always be grateful to David Moyes for bringing me here
And Mata, who joined United in a club-record £37.5m deal from Chelsea in January, says that the Red Devils will have to improve drastically next term.
“There are huge demands here. If you don’t win the league one year, you have to win it the next,” Mata told The Guardian.
“We’re all responsible, not just the coach. Next season we have to demonstrate that the club has not lost its essence, its mentality or its competitiveness, that Manchester United has not lost its identity.”
Mata also insisted that he remains grateful to David Moyes for bringing him to the club before the Scot’s dismissal last month.
“When a manager goes, the feeling is sadness; there’s disappointment and a sense of responsibility,” said Mata.
“If we’d played better, he wouldn’t have been sacked. But the sensation is more general, it’s not necessarily focused on the manager.
“I’ll always be grateful to Moyes for bringing me here.”
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