The Red Devils managed to deny Manchester City their first Premier League title earlier this month after Manchester United became the first top-flight team to win at the Etihad Stadium this term.
Manchester United struggled to break down West Brom at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon despite Jose Mourinho’s side facing the worst team in the Premier League table.
West Brom scored a 73rd minute at the Theatre of Dreams courtesy of Jay Rodriguez’s goal to secure a surprise three points under caretaker manager Darren Moore following Alan Pardew’s dismissal earlier this month,
Manchester United couldn’t find an equaliser to hand Pep Guardiola and Manchester City the title after the Citizens were 3-1 winners against Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley on Saturday night.
Writing on his blog, One Hour Behind, on Monday following the disappointing result, Mata was understandably downbeat following a frustrating weekend.
“I know that you don’t want to read anything after a defeat like this one, that any comments made after the game sound like hollow words,” Mata wrote.
“I’m not trying to explain anything here, or to make an excuse, I just want to keep this weekly meeting with you, although in days like this one it’s complicated. Some Mondays are happy and some others are not. This is one of the latter.
“We played a bad game this Sunday. There’s not much to add. There’s nothing to detract from West Bromwich, but we didn’t live up to our expectations.
“It’s disappointing, even more after the win last week, but this is football. That’s why it’s so important to keep the right balance in the good and in the bad times.
“Congratulations to Manchester City, who are mathematically the Premier League winners.”
Manchester United will take on Tottenham Hotspur in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley.
The Red Devils are in second place and a point ahead of Liverpool FC.
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