Mata admits it has been tough not seeing United in the Champions League and says everyone at the club is desperate to be involved in the competition again.
There could be as many as five teams all vying for Champions League qualification as the season reaches its final stages and Mata feels it is important United put together a string of good results.
The Premier League table is extremely tight, with Arsenal sitting just one point behind Louis van Gaal???s side who currently sit in fourth place.
“It’s difficult to watch the games on TV every Tuesday and Wednesday, It’s a thought that we all have in our minds – that we need to be back in the Champions League.
“It’s the most attractive competition in the world. We need to be there again. This is our main objective for the season, to play Champions League again. This club should always play Champions League football.
“It’s going to be a fight until the end – not just between two teams ??? it could be up to five teams, who are now within a few points of each other,”
“It’s very important to get back on a good run of results – like we did in November and December.”