Juan Mata: Why November was bittersweet for Man United
Juan Mata says Manchster United's two draws were disappointments despite the Red Devils staying unbeaten
Juan Mata has described November as bittersweet for Manchester United.
The Red Devils managed to navigate the month without tasting defeat but United slumped to draws in their last two games.
Louis van Gaal’s side missed the chance to book their place in the Champions League knockout phase after a goalless stalemate with PSV Eindhoven at Old Trafford, meaning United must beat Wolfsburg in Germany to be assured of a last-16 place.
The 20-time English champions came from behind to salvage a point at joint leaders Leicester City, but the Red Devils struggled to create chances after Bastian Schweinsteiger cancelled out Jamie Vardy’s opener at King Power Stadium.
And Mata, who moved to United in a £37.1m deal from Chelsea in January 2013, has reflected on a mixed month for Van Gaal’s side.
“November was an important month in our calendar and it leaves a bittersweet taste – in the last 30 days we haven’t been defeated, but the last two draws haven’t been good for us,” Mata wrote on his blog.
“Especially the one on Wednesday against PSV, because we knew it was a game that we had to win. Winning in Wolfsburg is almost the only valid result for us if we want to get through. It’s not an easy task but we are confident that we can make it to the next stage.
“The Champions League is a very important competition for us and we want to remain in it.”
United host West Ham United in their next Premier League game at Old Trafford next Saturday.