Juan Mata has congratulated Arsenal on beating his former side Chelsea in the FA Cup final.
The Manchester United midfielder, who spent two-and-a-half seasons at Stamford Bridge, appeared to be impressed by the manner of the Gunners’ 2-1 victory at Wembley.
Despite nearly everyone predicting a Chelsea win Arsenal started the match brilliantly and were deserved winners thanks to goals from Alexis Sanchez and Aaron Ramsey.
Mata said of the final: ‘Congratulations to Arsenal for winning the FA Cup, the last title of the season in England, after defeating Chelsea in a final with a very high pace.’
The Spaniard hopes that Manchester United, who lifted the trophy in 2016, can challenge for it next term along with every other trophy up for grabs.
‘This is a very nice competition, we won it last season and I hope that, in one year, we can have the chance to fight for it until the last game.
‘And the same with every competition that we play, starting with the UEFA Super Cup in Skopje, against the winner of the Champions League final that will take place next Saturday in Cardiff: Real Madrid or Juventus.’
Writing in his regular blog Mata highlighted the trophies Manchester United managed to win this season – the EFL Cup, Community Shield and Europa League – but admitted they must do better in the league next term after finishing sixth.
‘We won the Community Shield right after the pre-season, we lifted the EFL Cup trophy in London, in a very special game for me, and of course the final in Sweden. But we are aware of our lack of consistency and effectiveness in the Premier League that prevented us from fighting for the title, which is what Manchester United is supposed to do.
‘I want more, of course, but I’m happy and proud of what we have done along the way.’