Juan Mata spoke to MUTV after the match in Oslo. He thinks that the wins on friendly matches are key to prove the work of the trainings. He is also grateful for the support of the fans.
Mata’s goal from the penalty spot gave the win to Manchester United on their friendly against Kristiansund (0-1). It’s the fifth win out of the five preparation matches. Juan Mata believes hard work on the training ground is behind Manchester United’s run of results in pre-season.
“To be honest, we’ve been training quite hard,” Mata told MUTV after the match at the Ullevaal Stadion. “The first two-and-a-half weeks were quite physically tougher than last season. Obviously, the results have been better also, winning every single game.”
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“But I think it’s good also for Ole and for his staff to have a full pre-season where we can play the way he wants us to play,” said the International Spaniard. “We know we have to do better than last season and I think in this pre-season we are showing that we are good as a team, the atmosphere is good and the results are coming. Everyone (is) demanding from each other, which is what I think we need to do in a club like Manchester United.”
On his declarations, Juan didn’t forget about the support of the fans: “To our supporters we can only say thank you, thank you for being with us in these difficult moments and for myself I will try to leave everything I have on the training ground and on the pitch to represent this club the best I can.”