Juan Mata has shed light on a confident Manchester United dressing room following his side’s 4-0 demolition of Swansea City last weekend.
Goals from Eric Bailly, Romelu Lukaku, Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial – with the last three coming in less than four rampant minutes – handed Jose Mourinho‘s successive 4-0 wins to start off their Premier League campaign.
Speaking after the game, Mourinho noted that this was a “happy” side bursting with confidence, pleasing supporters by claiming he simply “let the horses run freely” towards the end.
And Mata, writing in his weekly blog, was quick to point out the buoyant mood currently circling the dressing room.
“The week ends with a very good feeling again, following another convincing victory, although perhaps the score was too high,” he said.
“One thing is for sure, we have reasons to be happy with the confidence and determination that we are showing on the pitch, but we also know that this is just the beginning… It was fantastic to see so many Reds in the stands in Swansea. Celebrating the victories with you is priceless, you guys are great!”
There is only so much we can discern from two emphatic victories, especially against sides with limited firepower like West Ham and Swansea, but one thing has become clear: that United have a real verve to their approach when playing lesser sides that simply wasn’t there last season.
As a group, they have matured. They understand and believe in Mourinho’s methods more and more every day. The sense of togetherness and will to win within that dressing room is palpable. But how well this will serve them against quality opposition remains to be seen. The biggest challenges – where they will be really judged – still lie around the corner.
On an unrelated note, Mata deserves a special mention for his recent endeavours off the pitch. The Spaniard has teamed up with Common Goal – a collective fund run by streetfootballworld, an organisation representing 120 charities in 80 countries that supports global football initiatives for disadvantaged children – and pledged to donate one per cent of his salary to the cause.
This is a momentous step. Never has a footballer made such a pledge before. Bayern Munich defender Mat Hummels has also joined the initiative and hopefully others follow suit in the near future.