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Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata insists the club still have the pulling power to attract quality players in the summer, despite a disappointing season under David Moyes, reports Rhys Turrell of the Daily Star.
United are 11 points off the Champions League places in the Premier League, and face a daunting task in clawing their way back into contention.
But Mata is convinced world-class players will still be tempted to Old Trafford for next season:
I don’t know what will happen in the summer but the manager said the other day at a press conference that he’s going to be signing players.
I think this club is at a stage of change, a bit of change in the project, but as I’ll tell you, at this club the best players in the world will always arrive.”
The objective is to get to the Champions League spots. It’s difficult because Liverpool are doing well, so are Arsenal, as well as Tottenham and Everton, who are all clubs also fighting for them, but I think we have a team who can do it.
This is Manchester United. When this club wins two, three or four matches in a row, it has a very important mental strength, a winner’s mentality.
We are coming and I think we can do it, but we have to win a lot of games first. This is a club that should always be fighting for the Premier League.
But United are facing competition from Manchester City in the chase for Porto defender Eliaquim Mangala, reports Liam Prenderville of the Daily Mirror.
David Wright of the Daily Express reports that Sporting winger Carlos Mane is a summer target for United.