Juan Mata believes hard work on the training ground is behind Manchester United’s run of results in pre-season.

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The Spaniard scored the only goal of the game from the penalty spot in injury time to give the Reds a 1-0 win over Kristiansund in Oslo – our fifth victory in a row this summer.

“To be honest, we’ve been training quite hard,” Mata told MUTV after the match at the Ullevaal Stadium.

“The first two-and-a-half weeks were quite physically tougher than last season. Obviously, the results have been better also, winning every single game.

“But I think it’s good also for Ole and for his staff to have a full pre-season where we can play the way he wants us to play.

“We have time to train our patterns a little bit, we have time to train tactically [and] physically, so I think it’s been good.”