Juan Mata says Manchester United are eager to leave on a high note before the two-week international break.
United came under the spotlight last month after suffering three successive defeats, including the Manchester derby to neighbours City.
But since then, Jose Mourinho’s men have bounced back well with three wins on the spin – the last a Europa League victory over Zorya Luhansk – and have a chance to extend that sequence to four when they face winless Stoke City tomorrow.
Mata believes victory against the Potters would represent an encouraging turnaround for United and leave the camp in buoyant mood heading into the two-week Premier League action.
"After losing in Holland (against Feyenoord) we needed to win (against Zorya) and now we can look forward to the match against Stoke," said the Spanish international.
"After the bad week we knew that we had three games at Old Trafford.
"We have won two of them and obviously we are really, really focused on winning the last one before the international break."
Mata was sold to United by Mourinho when the pair were at Chelsea, yet the Portugese praised the performances of the midfielder earlier this week.
"Yeah, I felt good, I enjoyed being on the pitch (against Zorya)," added Mata.
"It is good to play with players like that, and with Paul (Pogba) coming forward as well with quick football.
"We tried to do that because that is the way we can play with this team and we can succeed with this."