Mata: Manchester United still in top-four fight

Despite beating Manchester City and moving nine points clear of fifth-placed Southampton, the former Chelsea man feels the Old Trafford outfit’s job is not yet done


Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata does not believe the Red Devils have yet assured their place in the Champions League despite securing a sixth straight league win.

The Spain international scored United’s third goal as they beat Manuel Pellegrini’s side 4-2 and moved nine points clear of fifth-placed Southampton.

The Red Devils still have to play both Chelsea and Arsenal in their final six fixtures, however, and Mata concedes the race for a top-four place is not yet over.

“It’s one more step towards the Champions League, it’s a big win and a boost to the confidence,” he told Sky Sports.

“But Arsenal are a great team and City and Liverpool will stay fighting until the end.”

The former Chelsea man also revelled in the atmosphere inside the stadium, particularly after the hosts made a slow start and fell behind to a Sergio Aguero strike.

“In the first 10 or 15 minutes City were brilliant, but after that we showed character and came back.

“It was a massive result and everyone from United is happy.

“The atmosphere was crazy, it’s something we will never forget. We have six games to go and have to keep going.”

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