By Coral Barry
Juan Mata has revealed his frustration after Manchester United ended a wretched week with a second consecutive defeat.
Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to Bournemouth came just days after United crashed out of the Champions League at the hands of Wolfsburg.
Writing his weekly United blog, the midfield maestro reflected on a galling week for the club and admitted that the feelings of anger in the stands were replicated in the dressing room.
“I’ve been thinking a lot about Saturday evening and what to tell you after such a disappointing week… I know that you don’t want to read this, that words are not enough right now,” said Mata. “And I agree with you.”
The Spaniard has been one of United’s more consistent players so far this season with seven assists and five goals, but he was hauled off with 20 minutes left against Wolfsburg and was unable to prevent them slipping to defeat against Eddie Howe’s rejuvenated team on Saturday.
“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,” said Mata. “For me, writing is complicated when all I really want now is to have another game to play as soon as possible.”
Mata ended by promising better results and urging fans to stick by the team, which is still well placed at fourth in the Premier League and just four points behind leaders Arsenal.
“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,” Mata said.
“I know that my words will not comfort you very much, but I must tell you that in these moments, the support you give even after such disappointments makes this club special.”