Juan Mata is confident that Manchester United can come back from their shock Champions League loss at the hands of Olympiakos to book a spot in the quarter-finals of the competition.
The Red Devils were on the wrong end of a disappointing 2-0 scoreline in the first leg in Greece following a performance that has widely been dubbed the worst since David Moyes took charge of the club.
However the Scot – who has endured a difficult opening to his spell at Old Trafford – has the chance to turn it around when his side host Olympaikos in the return fixture.
Exiting the tournament at the last-16 stage would be seen as another major blow for the club, with the trophy their only real chance of silverware between now and the end of the season.
Club record signing Mata – who will be ineligible to feature – believes that his team-mates can draw on the atomsphere likely to be created by their home crowd to mount a comeback:
“After last weekend’s win against Crystal Palace, we suffered a painful loss in Greece.” He is quoted by the Daily Star.
“I can’t play in the Champions League and I had to watch the match at home and suffered as I couldn’t help.
“Nevertheless, although it’ll be difficult, I think we can come back at Old Trafford with an incredible atmosphere thanks to our fans.”