Mata Admits Man Utd Players Desperate For Champions League Return

Juan Mata has admitted that Manchester United’s players were desperate to return to the Champions League.

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Last season, Mata would invite compatriots David de Gea and Ander Herrera round to his house every Tuesday and Wednesday night to watch the matches on television.

The three amigos were engrossed by what they watched, but there was also more than a hint of frustration too.

“Ander, David and I watched almost every game every week. You watch it but you feel you want to play,” the United playmaker said.

“We would watch every Tuesday and Wednesday. The game did not matter – it’s the Champions League.”

Mata added: “This club needs to be there. It needs to be fighting for the Champions League.

“Hopefully we can win the play-off, and we can start the season knowing that we are going to play in the Champions League and Old Trafford knows it can enjoy European football.”

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