Juan Mata has urged Manchester United’s players to “stick together” as they attempt to halt their recent slump in form.
United have failed to win any of their last five matches and have endured a miserable week in which they crashed out of the Champions League following a 3-2 defeat at Wolfsburg before suffering a 2-1 defeat at struggling Bournemouth on Saturday.
United currently sit fourth in the Premier League table, with the pressure mounting on Louis van Gaal.
But despite their recent failings, United remain only six points behind leaders Leicester, and with Van Gaal urging the players to bounce back with victories in their next three games, Mata has told the club’s official website: “In these moments is when we have to stick together more than ever, I do believe it, because – luckily – football gives you another game every few days.
“We are aware that we have to get better and that’s why, despite feeling so bad after a painful defeat, we have to stand up and keep working to prepare the next game.
“With the right attitude and each of us giving the maximum we will get out of this situation. This is a long season and there’s still a long way to go. We will never give up, that’s for sure.
“December is a difficult month and it’s time to start winning again and get our confidence back. But everything passes and this bad streak will pass.”