Juan Mata: 'Beating Crystal Palace gives Manchester United team confidence'

Juan Mata insists that he and his Manchester United teammates have been given a boost of confidence after beating Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Saturday.

Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata has insisted that the team have been given a confidence boost by their victory over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Saturday.

The Red Devils have moved to sixth in the Premier League table following their 2-0 win over Palace, but remain 11 points behind a Champions League spot.

"These three points gave us a lot of confidence," Mata wrote in his weekly blog. "I think the team was solid and it was a clear victory.

"Me, personally, after five games with the team I feel there is more and more understanding with my teammates on the pitch. The truth is, with a squad of such quality everything is easier."

United will switch their attention to the Champions League tomorrow when they take on Olympiacos in the first leg of their round-of-16 tie in Greece.

Mata is not eligible to play for United in Europe after featuring for Chelsea in the competition before making a January switch to Old Trafford.

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Manchester United's Spanish midfielder Juan Mata controls the ball during the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Cardiff City at Old Trafford in Manchester, northwest England, on January 28, 2014
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