Juan Mata is convinced that Manchester United will challenge for the title next season
Big-money January signing Juan Mata is convinced that Manchester United will be challenging for the title again.
Last Updated: 02/03/14 3:24pm
The Red Devils are currently sitting in seventh position in the Premier League - 12 points off fourth spot - and out of both domestic cup competitions.
They're also in serious danger of dropping out the Champions League at the last-16 stage after a 2-0 first leg defeat at Olympiakos in midweek.
But Mata remains adamant that David Moyes' young side will grow into title contenders once more and challenge for silverware.
"I think Man Utd is always going to be fighting for every title," Mata told The Sun. "This season in the Premier League we were not winning that well earlier in the season, but I think next year and the years coming this team is going to fight for every title.
"It is what it has to do and what it has always being doing.
"When you are outside of the club you see Man Utd as one of the biggest clubs in the world.
"And being inside you have time to realise it is true."
The Spain international, who was a club-record £37.1million signing from Chelsea, says he is settling well into life at Old Trafford.
"It's been very good," he added. "From the first day I've felt really happy. Playing for this club is a big challenge for any player and for me as well.
"I feel I am at the perfect age to improve as a player and a person, so I think it will be a really good move for me."