Juan Mata is confident he would be third-time lucky when Manchester United face Real Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup on Tuesday having been on the losing side on two previous occassions.
The 29-year old suffered back-to-back defeats with Chelsea in the competition, first to Atletico Madrid in 2012 and then to Bayern Munich the following season but is encouraged by the Red Devils' pre-season form which has seen them claim six wins in seven games including a penalty win over Real Madrid in the International Champions Cup last month.
"We [head into] the Super Cup in brilliant condition,” Mata told his club’s television channel. “I’ve been lucky to play two [Super Cup finals] and I've been unlucky to lose two. We will try again on Tuesday, but it will be hard against Real Madrid."
Mata scored the decisive goal as United ended their pre-season with a 2-1 win over Sampdoria in Dublin on Wednesday and the Spanish playmaker will be available for the game against Madrid after returning to full fitness following an injury suffered in the pre-season win over Real Salt Lake which saw him miss two games on the tour.
"I had a little problem but I'm happy to be back and to get a run out ahead of next week," he said.