Jose Mourinho is using illustrious predecessor Sir Alex Ferguson as inspiration to turn the balance in power from Premier League champions-elect Manchester City to his Manchester United side next season.
United were caught cold in a 2-0 defeat to Tottenham at Wembley last Wednesday, when Christian Eriksen put the hosts ahead in the first minute, leaving Mata relieved his side were able to respond at the first attempt.
The Reds Devils have been City's nearest rivals throughout the campaign but Mourinho concedes the gap is nearly certainly insurmountable with 13 games remaining, saying United "need points to be the first of the last".
Manager Sean Dyche, however, hailed his players for fighting back strongly to win a precious point. The club will also hold a commemorative service inside Old Trafford on the anniversary of the crash on Tuesday, February 6.
We wanted to play long and strong today and disrupt City, but the quality going into the front wasn't what we needed in the first half and we didn't put enough crosses in. For example, tomorrow. You can not deny and everyone knows here in England how complicated it is playing at Burnley.
"After that we have to go to Stoke City, Goodison Park, we have games against Arsenal, Tottenham, United, Chelsea". "I can not say we, Tottenham or Chelsea [fourth] is doing bad because the points we have is very reasonable. Definitely it is not over". "Football is about goals. We could take one from the second team, but they had a game yesterday".
"It will be tough".
"But remaining confident has been a key message that we have been trying to get across - myself, the manager and the staff".
"In the free-kicks and the corners they are so good". We made an wonderful build-up.
City's injured left-back Benjamin Mendy travelled to NY as part of the announcement.
The Belgium global has so far resisted the offer to stay beyond the end of the season and hobbled off with another knee injury shortly after coming on in the midweek loss at Tottenham.