Juan Mata won the Champions League three years ago, but now he can barely watch the competition out of pure jealousy.
This season has been a strange one for Mata.
His midweek schedule is filled with nights in front of the television.
The Manchester United midfielder can see European football's biggest club competition unfolding right before his eyes, but he is unable to play any part in it.
And that annoys him.
"It's difficult to watch the games on TV every Tuesday and Wednesday," the United midfielder said.
"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 is five years since Mata experienced a season without Champions League football.
In 2012 he was part of the Chelsea team that won the trophy after a nail-biting final in Munich.
The Spaniard missed Chelsea's first spot-kick, but the Blues won the shoot-out 4-3 and the following day Mata joined his team-mates on a victory parade through London.
Eighteen months later Mata was sold to United. Last Sunday marked the one-year anniversary of Mata's dramatic entrance to Manchester United and he concedes the past 12 months have been eventful.
"Obviously last season was not the best year in the history of the club, but I am very happy here," the £37.1million signing said.
"Since the first day until today I'm very happy with the way the fans and the club and my team-mates have welcomed me.
"I've scored some goals, I've assisted with some goals. I'm looking forward to doing it more and more and trying to help the team get back to fighting for the title. I think this is what we have to do."
Manchester United: Players who were linked with a January move to Old Trafford
Manchester United: Players who were linked with a January move to Old Trafford
1/17 Gareth Bale
Manchester United would love him and some reports suggest he would be open to a return home - but Real Madrid have said they wouldn't sell the winger at any price, even the mammoth £150m that has been mentioned in recent reports.
2/17 Sergio Ramos
Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos would be perfect for United and is one of few truly world class centre-backs around. Another player Real will not want to lose, this move may wait until the summer.
3/17 Juan Cuadrado
The Fiorentina and Colombia winger was a target of United's in the summer but a move never transpired. He is lightning quick, brilliant on the ball and gets his fair share of goals. May cost more than £30m, however.
4/17 Ashley Cole
The former Chelsea left-back was linked with a move to United last summer, but instead went to Roma. There are suggestions he is unhappy in Italy and would be open to a return to the Premier League.
5/17 Ron Vlaar
Out of contract at the end of the season and impressing in his Aston Villa shirt, Ron Vlaar could be a quick and cheap fix at the back. That he's Dutch won't do his chances of an Old Trafford switch any harm either. Picked up a knee injury in early January that will likely end speculation.
6/17 Raphael Varane
The Real Madrid centre-back has been hugely impressive since breaking through at the Bernabeu. Would take a big bid to land the young France international, but that shouldn't be a problem.
7/17 Ezequiel Garay
Manchester United are keen to bolster their Argentinian contingent and the arrival of Garay would do just that. United reportedly sent scouts to watch the Zenit St Petersburg player.
8/17 Gerard Pique
He played for Manchester United before being allowed to return to his boyhood club Barcelona in 2008. But recently things have soured for the Spain international, with new Nou Camp manager Luis Enrique leaving him out a few times this season. Could he be heading back to Old Trafford again?
9/17 Nathaniel Clyne
A call up to the England squad boosts your profile, and in the case of Clyne, it's led to inevitable speculation that he could leave Southampton. The Saints will be desperate to hold onto the young right-back, but as they found last summer, if players want to go they usually get their way.
10/17 Mats Hummels
Another Germany international interesting United is Hummels. The centre-back was made captain at Borussia Dortmund last summer to help ward off interest from other clubs, but with the German side struggling this term, they might not be able to keep the suitors at bay next time around. A £35m offer has been heavily reported and this deal is certainly one that is the more probable to see in the near-future.
11/17 Sami Khedira
Manchester United have been linked with Khedira, but then, who hasn't? The Germany international looks certain to be playing somewhere other than Real Madrid next term, and it could be Old Trafford.
12/17 Julian Draxler
The Schalke midfielder has been interesting Europe's top clubs for some time. So far, everyone has failed in their attempts to prise the youngster away from his boyhood club. With the money at Manchester United's disposal, they could persuade Schalke to relinquish.
13/17 Paulo Dybala
Manchester United have been linked with a move for Palermo striker Paulo Dybala. The 21-year-old has been banging in the goals in Serie A this term, leading to speculation he's in line for a big move. But the Palermo president has indicated he won't be allowed to leave for anything less that £31m
14/17 Yohan Cabaye
After leaving Newcastle for PSG, France international Cabaye has reportedly failed to settle in the French capital. That he has struggled to force his way into the starting line-up under manager Laurent Blanc hasn't helped. That could make him open to a return to the Premier League.
15/17 Marcos Reus
Another highly sought German player. With Borussia Dortmund struggling this term and no Champions League football next season a real possibility, it seems likely Reus could be sold in the summer. United will have to fight to be at the front of the queue.
16/17 Arjen Robben
The former Chelsea player has said numerous times he has no intention of leaving Bayern Munich. But then again, nothing footballers say can be taken as sacrosanct. His Dutch links and style of play make his a good fit at United.
17/17 Kevin Strootman
The Netherlands international was heavily linked with United in the summer but a serious injury ruled out the prospect of a move. The Roma midfielder has since returned to action and so the rumours have started up again. A fee of £30m has been mentioned.
The title is surely beyond United this year.
Louis van Gaal's men are 12 points shy of leaders Chelsea and look well short of the Blues and Manchester City in terms of quality and consistency.
United may not even finish in the top four this year. Arsenal are just one point behind them in fifth and Tottenham are also mounting a challenge for the Champions League places.
Mata thinks the battle for the top four will go right down to the wire.
"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," Mata said.
Southampton leapfrogged United into third two weeks ago when they won at Old Trafford to halt the Red Devils' 11-match unbeaten run.
Although United bounced back by beating QPR, they then played out an embarrassing 0-0 draw at League Two Cambridge in the FA Cup.
Mata knows an improvement is necessary.
"It's very important to get back on a good run of results - like we did in November and December," he added.
"We are arriving at a crucial moment in the season. The last 10 or 15 games are probably the most important. We have to perform, we have to win and we have to get where we want to be."
Mata has struggled to get a run in the first-team this year as Van Gaal has chopped and changed personnel and his tactics.
The 26-year-old has faith in his manager and understands he cannot be selected for every match, however.
"It has to be difficult for the manager to choose between all the players we have in attack," he said.
"But it's good for him as well because he has so many options - not just up front, also in the middle and the back. But he's experienced enough to handle it.
"What he is trying is to see the players and put them in the positions for the sake of the team. That's what he's trying.
"I feel important and I've played a lot of games so far, so I'm happy. There is a lot of competition for the first 11 places in the team, obviously. So I'm happy I've played a lot of games and I'm looking forward to playing many more before the end of the season."
:: Juan Mata was speaking at the launch of Swissquote, Manchester United's first global Official Forex and Online Trading Partner.
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