Juan Mata: Man United have players capable of creating more chances
Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata runs the rule over a goalless stalemate with Crystal Palace
Juan Mata has admitted that Manchester United must get better at creating chances.
The Red Devils played out a fourth successive draw (after 90 minutes) on Saturday afternoon after a goalless stalemate with Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.
We weren’t able to create good chances. We need to get better in that aspect of the game because I think we have the players to do that
Louis van Gaal’s side managed to get a mere two shots on target as United captain Wayne Rooney and summer signing Anthony Martial struggled against a well-drilled Palace defence.
And Mata, who lasted 79 minutes of the goalless draw with the Eagles, discussed United’s performance ahead of their Champions League group-stage clash against CSKA Moscow on Tuesday night.
“They are a team that knows how to play their cards,” Mata wrote in his blog, One Hour Behind.
“They did good pressing at the start to complicate our moves, and they created some chances especially in the first few minutes. My feeling was that, after a difficult start, we were getting more and more into the game, finding spaces between the lines and controlling it by half time.
“Yet at the start of the second half they did good pressing again and played long balls that put us in some trouble. We weren’t able to create good chances. We need to get better in that aspect of the game because I think we have the players to do that.
“I’m sure that the goals will come soon and, with them, the good results.”
The Spain international has been one of United’s more creative players this season with a return of three goals and three assists in 11 Premier League games.
The Red Devils are in fourth place in the Premier League table and four points behind leaders Manchester City and Arsenal.