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‘That’s how Man Utd should play all the time’ – Mata calls for consistency after crushing Norwich

17:29 GMT 11/01/2020
Anthony Martial Man Utd 2020
The Red Devils eased to a 4-0 victory over the Canaries at Old Trafford, with the challenge now to build on another positive performance

Manchester United eased their way to a 4-0 win over Norwich on Saturday, with Juan Mata admitting that is the standard that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side should be looking to set every week.

Consistency has been an issue for the Red Devils again in 2019-20.

Positive performances have been put in against fellow Premier League heavyweights, with points taken off Liverpool, Manchester City, Leicester, Tottenham and Chelsea.

Seeing off so-called lesser opposition has proved to be a problem at times, much to the annoyance of Solskjaer.

The Norwegian has faced further questions of his future amid struggles to force United back into the top four.

The Red Devils were, however, far too strong for rock-bottom Norwich in their most recent outing, with Marcus Rashford starring as he bagged a brace.

Fellow frontmen Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood also got in on the act, with Mata looking for United to perform at that level on a more regular basis.

The Spanish midfielder told BBC Sport of a crushing win over the Canaries: “It was very good performance. Very good response to our last defeat.

“We played great football today. We enjoyed it on the pitch, found some nice spaces.

“Today is a good example of how I believe we should play on a more consistent basis.

“There are more teams that will fight to get that [Champions League] position. Chelsea is going to earn points so we must focus on our results.”

Mata’s outing against the Canaries saw him handed a rare Premier League start, with the World Cup-winner adding on his involvement - which included two assists: “It is frustrating when I don’t play.

“I am still hungry to help my team with goals and assists. Like every player, when I don’t play I am not happy. But I have to always be available for the team.”

United remain fifth in the table, five points behind Chelsea, with the Blues also running out convincing winners on Saturday as they breezed past Burnley 3-0 at Stamford Bridge.

The Red Devils are due in west London on February 17 for a crunch clash, but Solskjaer’s side have several testing fixtures to take in before then – including a trip to Liverpool and the second leg of a Carabao Cup semi-final with arch-rivals Manchester City.