Manchester United winger Juan Mata believes that the worlds biggest players will still be attracted to Old Trafford in the summer.
United have struggled this season, however, Mata, who signed from Chelsea in January for a £37 million fee, is confident that big names will come.
Mata stated in an interview to Canal plus….
think this club is at a stage of change, but I can tell you that the best players in the world will always arrive.’
The rebuilding process started with the acquisition of Mata for £37.1million in January. And if reports in Portugal are anything to go by, then United have already started scouring the continent for further signings, with Porto defender Eliaquim Mangala said to have been watched extensively of late.
United have been linked with some of Europe’s top names, with both Diego Costa, and Southampton starlet Luke Shaw.
However, Mata still believes that his current team-mates can turn their fortunes around.
The objective is to get to the Champions League spots,’ Mata added.
‘It’s difficult because Liverpool, Arsenal, Tottenham and Everton are playing well and fighting for the top four, but I think we have a team who can do it.
‘This is Manchester United. When this club wins two, three or four matches in a row, it has a very important mental strength, a winner’s mentality. We are coming and I think we can do it, but we have to win a lot of games first.
‘This is a club that should always be fighting for the Premier League. I think, in the last 20 or 21 years, they’ve won 13 times.
‘The mentality of this club is to win and fight for all the trophies. Unfortunately this year, things haven’t gone so well in the league, but I believe there is still time this season.’
Mata has had a superb start since his move, and stated that it was always going to be tough for David Moyes to emulate former boss Sir Alex Ferguson.
‘But at the end of the day, it was these players that won the league last season and the new manager has arrived knowing what this club is.
‘I think he has a great relationship with Sir Alex Ferguson and with time everything will get better, the results will get better and we’ll get back to being where this club deserves to be.
‘My relationship with him is good, friendly and from the off, he seemed to me to be a great person.’
United travel to Selhurst Park to face an ever improving Crystal Palace.
By Ben Reardon