Juan Mata stays philosophical about Man United situation
Juan Mata looked for the positives in the wake of Manchester United's 1-1 draw with Stoke last weekend
Juan Mata was left looking for the positives after the disappointment of Manchester United’s 1-1 draw with Stoke City on Saturday.
The Spanish playmaker scored an own-goal as the Red Devils had to come from a goal down to earn a point thanks to Wayne Rooney’s stoppage-time free-kick at the Britannia Stadium.
The result left Manchester United in sixth place in the Premier League table and 14 points behind leaders Chelsea after 22 games under new boss Jose Mourinho.
The title looks to be out of reach for the Red Devils but Mourinho’s men will still be harbouring hopes of finishing in the top four this season.
Mata admitted that he was bitterly disappointed by the result against the Potters as he looked ahead to Manchester United’s next two cup games.
Writing in his personal blog, Mata said: “I look back and I see that we’ve been undefeated for 17 consecutive games. Most of them have been good wins that made us happy, although we’ve also got several draws that were not so easy to take.
“It happened on Saturday at Stoke, where we added one point at the end thanks to a great free-kick goal from Wayne Rooney. I want to congratulate Wayne once again. He’s become the top goalscorer in the history of the club and I’m so happy for him. I’m sure that he will keep scoring many more goals and improving his amazing stats.
“However, the game left me with a bitter taste. Firstly, we didn’t win. We created chances to get the three points and it makes us mad to see that the ball just doesn’t go in. It’s especially frustrating when you are so unlucky as to score an own goal, when you’re trying precisely to avoid that.”
He added: “We’re starting a special week. A different one, for we have two games but neither of them is a Premier League fixture. We have the EFL Cup first, and then the FA Cup. Two different challenges that we face with the same goal in our minds: winning both of them.”
Manchester United opted to bring in Mourinho as the club’s new manager after the Red Devils finished fifth and won the FA Cup under Louis van Gaal last season.