Manchester United can win things under Van Gaal - Mata

The Spanish attacking midfielder is "really happy" with the chance to play for the respected Dutch manager and is hopeful to restore glory to the club this season
Manchester United star Juan Mata is optimistic that his side can win silverware this season under Louis van Gaal.

The Dutchman has been tasked with returning the Red Devils to glory after a seventh-placed Premier League finish in 2013-14 and brings with him title-winning experience from the Eredivisie, La Liga and the Bundesliga.

The 62-year-old also led Netherlands to third place at the World Cup this summer and Mata is excited to play his style of football.

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"It's the start of a new era for the club, with a new manager and players coming in," the Spaniard told MUTV.

"I'm really happy with the manager's style of football and hopefully at the end of the season we can celebrate something, which would be amazing for him and for us."

United are preparing for pre-season matches against LA Galaxy, Roma, Inter and Real Madrid in the United States and Mata is keen to prepare well for a big campaign.

"The most important thing is to get ready step by step and not too hard because injuries can happen," he added.

"It's important for us to prepare physically and mentally for the long season.

"We're focused on improving and trying to learn from the manager, to play at our best level during the season. The main idea is to play as a team and compete for titles."