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Published: 14:59 | 22/2/16

Mata confident of improvement

Juan Mata admits Manchester United are struggling but he remains confident they will get through their 'complicated moments'.

Having failed to progress to the knockout stages of the Champions League, United were beaten by FC Midtjylland in their Europa League last-32 first-leg tie last week to increase the pressure on manager Louis van Gaal.

With Jose Mourinho reportedly ready to step in, Monday's FA Cup fifth round tie against Shrewsbury is a must-win for United and Mata believes they will have to work hard to change things.

"Unfortunately, we are still going through complicated moments," Mata wrote in his blog on kicca.com.

"I know that you don't need to read more posts like this one or more words from me or my team-mates trying to explain every game.

"I know that you need wins and obviously we need them too but I take this weekly encounter with you to tell you that I'm sure things are going to change."

Although they are six points off a Champions League spot, Mata believes they can still qualify for the competition via the Premier League, providing their performances improve.

"We have the opportunity to move forward in such a nice competition as the FA Cup, the possibility of a comeback in the Europa League after our bad game in Denmark in the first leg, and there are still some weeks in the Premier League to try to shorten the gap with other teams and fight for the Champions League spots," he stated.

"All those things can happen; however, we must get better with regard to the last few games and I'm sure that we will do it.

"We can still finish the season fighting for trophies and qualifying to be in Europe the next year."

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