Man United star Juan Mata hopes to emulate Chelsea success

Manchester United playmaker Juan Mata warns the Red Devils that Club Brugge will pose a threat at Old Trafford

Juan Mata has set his sights on reaching the Champions League final ahead of Manchester United’s play-off first-leg clash against Club Brugge.

The Red Devils face the Belgium champions in the opening leg at Old Trafford on Tuesday night as Louis van Gaal’s look to book their place in the group stage.

The 20-time English champions weren’t part of the competition last season after a disastrous seventh-place finish under Van Gaal’s predecessor, David Moyes.

Mata has lifted a European trophy the last two times the Spain international played in the Champions League or Europa League, and the United star hopes to reach a third final this term.

“Club Brugge has a lot of history in European football, they have just eliminated Panathinaikos with a 3-0 win at home, and I’m sure they are in good shape because the league in Belgium started two weeks earlier than the Premiership,” Mata wrote in his blog, One Hour Behind.

“Having said that, I believe we have the responsibility to get through and be part of this competition that brings me -as you know- so many good memories ;-)

“The last two times I played a European competition until the final game I was lucky to lift the trophy.”

The 27-year-old has scored 16 times in 52 appearances in all competitions for the three-time European champions since his move to United from Chelsea in a £37.1m deal in January 2013.

More: Mata happy with Man United’s improving consistency

Mata has won the Champions League, the Europa League, the FA Cup and Copa del Rey during an impressive club career.

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