Juan Mata admits Manchester United players are able to express themselves easier after gaining confidence from their four straight wins.
Man United’s 1-0 victory over Watford earlier in the week has left Louis van Gaal‘s side level on points with fourth-placed Manchester City, who have a game in hand.
The Spaniard led the team as captain for the first time at Old Trafford and is the only Man United player to play in every Premier League game this season.
He believes the victory over Shrewsbury Town in the FA Cup has been a turning point for the club.
“It’s a good moment for us, a nice two or three weeks, winning games and enjoying our football, and making our fans proud,” he said.
“Since the game against Shrewsbury in the FA Cup, this victory gave us our confidence back. We won a massive game against Arsenal, and we showed character, intensity, and then in the last game it was tough.
“That’s what confidence means for me and any player I think. When you are winning and when you are having good results it is in a way easier to play your football, and that’s what we’re doing right now.”
Confidence is the lifeblood of any footballer. When you’re winning, things come easier and luck starts to go your way. When you’re down in the dumps, winning can seem like the hardest thing in the world.
United have had terrible stretches this season but we really do look like we’ve turned a corner thanks to the injection of youth which injuries have allowed Louis van Gaal to introduce into the team. So, we’re definitely heading to West Brom in good form.
That can all change off the back of one result so the players have to make sure they don’t get complacent but if they aren’t motivated by heading into the Liverpool game off the back of five straight wins, then there is something fundamentally wrong.