Mata: There’s more to come from United

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Juan Mata has targeted more silverware with Manchester United, after lauding former club Chelsea and admitting it will be very difficult to catch the current Premier League leaders.

The 28-year-old joined the Red Devils in January 2014 after two and a half massively successful seasons with the Blues where he won the Champions League, the Europa League and an FA Cup.

He joined United after being sold by Mourinho, with many expecting the Spaniard to the first one out of Old Trafford upon the Special One's arrival in Manchester, but he has proved to be an important member of the Portuguese's ever-improving side.

Speaking to the International Business Times, Mata said while it is difficult to compare his time with the two clubs, he is feeling as strong as ever at United.

He said: "I have always felt good at United but obviously in these years the club have not lived the best moment of its history. When you are in a team that may not have met the group targets it seems that everything has less impact.

"But in terms of stats, feeling an important player for the team or enjoying my football I feel as good as when I arrived to Chelsea. 

"What happens is that in Chelsea we won the Champions League, the Europa League and the FA Cup in two years and obviously that highlighted everything more than when you are in a club that is not winning much. But last year we already won the FA Cup and hopefully this season we can win another cup."

With leaders Chelsea 13 points ahead of United, in sixth, Mata knows it will be a tough order to catch such an impressive side.

He added: "Right now Chelsea have a very important distance.

"They are winning everything, playing good or bad, because they have reached a very high level of competitiveness.

"They are playing in a very worked way, a formation that their coach had used in Juventus for several years and is working very well here. I think their players suit perfectly to that type of football. Diego Costa is at a formidable level, Hazard is also doing great… and also Cesar (Azpilicueta), who is the reliable man. They are winning every game."

Mata was named Chelsea's player of the season in both the 2011/12 and 2012/13 seasons.