Juan Mata: What made me happy about Man United’s festive season

The Manchester United midfielder was thrilled with their results over Christmas

Juan Mata has praised Manchester United’s performances over the festive schedule ahead of the second half of the season.

The Red Devils have managed to make up some ground on the Premier League’s top four after a run of six successive victories in the English top flight.

Manchester United eased to a 2-0 win against West Ham United on Monday night thanks to goals from Mata and Zlatan Ibrahimovic to leave Jose Mourinho’s side just three points adrift of the top four.

The 20-time English champions booked their place in the FA Cup fourth round on Saturday afternoon thanks to an emphatic 4-0 win against Championship side Reading.

Manchester United will take on Hull City in the first leg of their League Cup semi-final on Tuesday night before hosting bitter rivals Liverpool in their next Premier League game.

Writing in his personal blog One Hour Behind on Monday morning, Mata was in a reflective mood after a run of eight successive victories for the Red Devils.

“Personally, the festive season has left me very happy, because I love to have my family at home with me, but also thanks to our wins against West Ham and Reading, a reflection of the team’s good moment,” Mata wrote.

“In London we were able to take our chances to beat a good side, and in the FA Cup we showed that this is a competition we really care about.”

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