Juan Mata says it will not be “too long” before Manchester United can claim some silverware.
United are already 12 points behind Premier League leaders Liverpool and have not won at trophy since the 2017 Europa League triumph and silverware looks a long way off.
But speaking ahead of United’s Thursday night clash with AZ Alkmaar, Mata was confident about United’s ability to challenge the country’s best.
Mata said: “It is what it is. The rivals are playing good and winning trophies. To be a Manchester United player is something really special and if I could win an important trophy during my time left here, it would be worth the wait.”
Boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said in March that United would “have to take it step by step” and that success was not going to “happen overnight” but Mata thinks United are better placed.
“I think when the club and the manager said we would take time we believe it’s not going to be too long. I think this club is always winning and he has won here a lot as a player.
“I have won a few things here and in my mind is to win something really important with United. I believe we can do it, we know other teams are playing very good football and now in the last part of my career my biggest thing is to win.”
United boss Solskjaer gave his players an easy night in Holland on Wednesday.
“There’s a week with three games. It’s Monday, Thursday, Sunday, so that plays on my mind. We’re going to have a nice and easy session tonight, get used to the pitch and see if there’s going to be any reaction. I don’t think there will be,” he said.