Man United star Juan Mata ‘enraged’ after Newcastle stalemate

Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata says the stalemate with Newcastle United left a bad taste in his mouth

Juan Mata says he was left enraged after Manchester United failed to beat Newcastle United at Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon.

The Red Devils had a goal disallowed in the first half before Javier Hernandez was denied by Magpies goalkeeper Tim Krul after half-time.

Seven points out of nine is not a bad start, we have to be positive and keep moving forward

Juan Mata

United defender Chris Smalling nearly netted a winner in the dying minutes of the game but the centre-half’s header hit the woodwork.

And Mata, who started the goalless draw with Newcastle, reflected on a match which he admitted left a “bad taste” in his mouth.

“We weren’t able to get another three points in the Premier League,” Mata wrote in his blog.

“The goalless draw against Newcastle last Saturday left us with a bad taste; personally I think we deserved to win but that doesn’t count…

“In my opinion the team had spells of our best football so far this season, and we created enough chances to score at least one goal.

“From a personal point of view, I felt very comfortable and was able to participate a lot, but I went home enraged for not being able to win, same as my team-mates.”

Mata warned his United team-mates that they need to collect three points against sides like Newcastle if the Red Devils want to be challenging for the top places.

Mata continued: “We need to win this kind of games if we want to be more consistent than last season…

“The good news is that we are strong in defence and we haven’t conceded a goal in the Premier League. Seven points out of nine is not a bad start, we have to be positive and keep moving forward.”

United face Club Brugge in the second leg of their Champions League play-off on Wednesday night after a 3-1 victory at Old Trafford last week.

Mata added: “However, as I said before, it’s time to focus on our final in Belgium and try to get our first main goal of the season.”

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