Juan Mata: Man United must learn from Swansea defeat
Manchester Unitedmidfielder Juan Mata reflects on their surprise 2-1 defeat by Swansea City at Liberty Stadium
Juan Mata says Manchester United must learn from their shock 2-1 defeat by Swansea City at Liberty Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
The Red Devils appeared to be coasting towards three points after Mata had given the visitors a first-half lead in south Wales.
We must learn from games like this, once and for all, and know how to maintain a positive result when we take the lead
However, Swansea forward Andre Ayew headed past United goalkeeper Sergio Romero in the 65th minute, before Bafetimbi Gomis netted a winner four minutes later.
“I’m just back from Swansea, where we have lost our first game of the season. To be honest I keep thinking about the game and that we weren’t able to seal the three points after the positive start of the second half,” Mata wrote on his blog, One Hour Behind.
“Our intention was to close a good week in the best possible way, with another victory ahead of the international break, but we weren’t able to do it. The team was good at the beginning and, after an even first half, we could score right after the break.
“However, in just five minutes Swansea came back with two goals in two fast offensive plays and we went home with no points. We scored first and they had a quick reaction, as it happened last season. We must learn from games like this, once and for all, and know how to maintain a positive result when we take the lead.”
On his first goal of the season, Mata added: “I’m happy to have scored my first goal of the season, it makes 50 since I came to England; sadly it didn’t help the team to get at least one point.”
And Mata, who opened his Premier League account for the 2015/16 season at Liberty Stadium, reflected on United’s first defeat of the campaign to leave Louis van Gaal’s side in fifth place.
The 27-year-old midfielder has scored 16 goals in 52 Premier League appearances following his £37.1m move from Chelsea to Old Trafford in January 2013.
Mata, who won the Champions League, the Europa League and FA Cup during his spell at Stamford Bridge, is still waiting to win his first piece of silverware at Old Trafford.