Juan Mata makes title point about Man United win

The Manchester United midfielder believes their 1-0 win at Southampton could prove vital in the context of the title race

Man United midfielder Juan Mata Photo: The Sport Review

Juan Mata has admitted that Manchester United didn’t deserve to beat Southampton after Saturday’s 1-0 win at St Mary’s.

Manchester United made the trip to the south coast looking to continue their unbeaten start to the Premier League season.

The Red Devils made the breakthrough in the 20th minute thanks to Romelu Lukaku’s sixth goal in six top-flight games following his summer move to Old Trafford.

Manchester United signed Lukaku in a £75m deal in the summer transfer window and the Belgian forward repaid a chunk of his transfer fee with a vital winner to secure three points.

The 20-time English champions are level on points with Manchester City at the top of the table after six games in the Premier League this season.

Manchester United midfielder Mata conceded that Jose Mourinho’s side didn’t produce a good performance at Southampton but admitted the win could prove vital in the context of the title race.

“The win was really tough to get, they didn’t let us play our game and they had chances to tie the score until the end,” Mata wrote in his blog One Hour Behind.

“The truth is they didn’t deserve to lose but football is like that sometimes. We know a couple of things about it, since we were in the same situation several times last season.

“It was not our best game, that’s for sure, but luckily we managed to get the three points.

“This kind of games can make the difference between reaching the end of the season with a chance to fight for the title or not. We did a good work defensively and that was the key to win.”

Manchester United have signed three players in the summer transfer window following the addition of Benfica defender Victor Lindelof and Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic.

The Red Devils are looking to win their first Premier League title since 2013 when Sir Alex Ferguson led Manchester United to their final top-flight crown under the legendary manager.

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