Juan Mata has praised Manchester United’s defenders after they kept two clean sheets in the first two games of the season.
Louis van Gaal‘s side have made a perfect start to their campaign with wins over Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa.
A number of fans have urged van Gaal to buy a central defender this summer but his defence has stayed firm so far.
Mata believes that the positive start to the 2015/16 season will provide a good impetus ahead of the Champions League playoff against Club Brugge.
“I think we can improve but six points from six points is a very good start for us and now we have a lot of confidence ahead of the Champions League play-off [on Tuesday],” he told MUTV.
“The clean sheet is a very positive factor. We’re talking about having new players at the back and they’re doing great as well. I think the most important thing was that we kept our goal with very few chances but it was a very compact defence today.”
United’s narrow victory over Villa produced little in terms of quality and chances, and was therefore an insipid affair for neutrals.
However, United supporters took pleasure in seeing their side look so invulnerable and durable away from home. The back four, who were capably shielded by the imperious Morgan Schneiderlin, looked increasingly solid and tight as a unit. A firm backbone is vital when it comes to doing well in the Champions League.
But while defensive robustness is very much present within the United side, so is attacking idleness and indifference. The front three of Memphis Depay, Wayne Rooney and Mata have failed to click as an attacking triumvirate so far this season. If United are to make themselves heard in the Champions League, this issue needs to be rectified.