Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata says it is “more difficult” than ever to break into the Premier League’s top four.
United are currently 12th in the table after taking nine points from their first eight games, losing 2-0 to Newcastle in their most recent outing on Sunday.
Mata, who has won the FA Cup, EFL Cup and Europa League since joining United in 2014, says it has never been harder to finish in the league’s top four.
“I think every club is improving and clubs like Leicester are recruiting really well and they have very good players that can take them to a different level,” Mata told Sky Sports.
“Not long ago [Leicester] won the Premier League so they know what it takes to win.
“Football is more difficult now because every club is growing a lot so it’s more competitive and every club is able to sign good players. So you have to be better every single season to try and reach your aims.”