Juan Mata believes that Manchester United need to turn their draws into victories if they want to be classed as Premier League title contenders.
The 27-year-old was left frustrated as Man United missed the opportunity to go top of the league table following a 1-1 draw against Leicester City last weekend.
United have drawn six of their last nine games and, with upcoming games against West Ham United, Bournemouth, Norwich City, Stoke City and Chelsea, the Spaniard believes the team should be returning to winning ways.
“Things are very tight in the top side of the table. It’s not easy to defeat the teams who are up there, as we could see in Leicester last Saturday. They know the way they want to play and how to make the most of it. We believed we could win but at the end we only got one point, despite it we took the initiative most of the time,” Mata said.
“The next game – therefore the most important one right now – is on Saturday against West Ham. They have had a good start this season and have won more games away than at home. However, as I said, we don’t like draws and we want to go back to the victories. They have a very good manager and some of their players are very talented, but our aim is to get the three points and we have the whole week to work well on this game.”
With United so solid defensively this season but meek going forward, it was inevitable that supporters would see a lot of draws.
It is a desperate state of affairs, as United have built a rich history of attacking football down the years. Patience is starting to wear thin with Louis van Gaal’s philosophy and he will need to improve things and quickly if he is to keep the fans on side.