Juan Mata makes vow to Man United fans after successive defeats
Juan Mata reflects on Manchester United's disappointing defeat by Bournemouth on Saturday evening
Juan Mata has promised that Manchester United are determined to turn “anger into happiness” following their surprise 2-1 loss to Bournemouth in the Premier League on Saturday.
The Red Devils slumped to a shock defeat at the Vitality Stadium as Louis van Gaal’s men missed the chance to move up the Premier League table.
In these moments is when we have to stick together more than ever
The loss to Bournemouth compounded the Red Devils’ humiliating Champions League exit at the hands of Wolfsburg last week as they were parachuted down into the Europa League.
United will now look to return to winning ways when they take on Norwich City at Old Trafford in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon.
And Mata has promised United supporters that he and his team-mates are determined to reverse their ailing fortunes as the hectic festive period looms large.
Mata wrote on his blog on Kicca: “Everything passes and this bad streak will pass.
“When we were coming back from Bournemouth all I could think about was the frustration of the defeat, the disappointment of those who came with us, those who watched the game on TV, those who were with us in Germany… and the only thing to turn that anger into happiness is through good results, not words.
“In these moments is when we have to stick together more than ever, I do believe it, because – luckily – football gives you another game every few days.
“We are aware that we have to get better and that’s why, despite feeling so bad after a painful defeat, we have to stand up and keep working to prepare the next game. With the right attitude and each of us giving the maximum we will get out of this situation.
“This is a long season and there’s still a long way to go. We will never give up, that’s for sure. December is a difficult month and it’s time to start winning again and get our confidence back.”
Saturday’s defeat left United in fourth place in the Premier League table and four points behind leaders Arsenal after 16 games of the new season.