Mata hails 'unbelievable' Manchester United debut

The £37.1 million midfielder made his bow on Tuesday and he is confident the club can still qualify for the Champions League despite a six-point gap to fourth-placed Liverpool
Manchester United attacker Juan Mata hailed an "unbelievable" debut and believes the club can still qualify for the Champions League.

The Spain international made the £37.1 million switch to David Moyes' side from rivals Chelsea on Saturday, and made an immediate impact with a fine display in the 2-0 victory over Cardiff City.

"It's been unbelievable, playing in this stadium, we won and created chances," he told BBC Sport. "Three points was important for the team and for me, I'm very happy.

"I was very excited, it's been unbelievable. I'm happy with the team, they have welcomed me. I'm looking forward to playing more."

Mata was not on the scoresheet, but United took all three points as Robin van Persie marked his return from injury with a close-range header to open the scoring, while Ashley Young's solo effort confirmed the points on 59 minutes.

The 25-year-old also got to link up with England international Wayne Rooney, who returned from a five-match absence with a foot issue for the final 30 minutes.

When asked whether United, who currently sit seventh, can reach the Champions League, he added: "We will try until the end.

"This is a team that never gives up. Every game is like a final for us."

Mata was also thrilled to get game time with Van Persie and Rooney and believes the duo will flourish for the rest of the campaign.

"We are talking about two of the best strikers in the world," he continued. "Robin and Wayne are unbelievable. Hopefully they will score lots before the end of the season."