Juan Mata: Man Utd played too many long balls at Burnley

Juan Mata says Manchester United played too many long balls during goalless draw with Burnley

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff

Juan Mata admitted that Manchester United “played too many long balls” as their winless run under Louis van Gaal continued at Burnley on Saturday.

The Red Devils were unable to make the breakthrough at Turf Moor as a goalless draw left Van Gaal’s side still searching for their first competitive victory under the Dutchman.

We played too many long balls in the first half which is maybe why we didn’t play as well

Juan Mata

And although Mata was happy with some of United’s play against the newly-promoted side, he conceded that a lack of invention in the final third ended up costing them.

“We played most of the time in their half which is good but, if you don’t score from these chances, then it’s not good enough,” Mata told MUTV.

“I believe, when we try to play football in the last third, we can create but we played too many long balls in the first half which is maybe why we didn’t play as well.”

New United signing Angel Di Maria made his first appearance for the Red Devils on Saturday and played 70 minutes before being substituted with cramp.

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