High hopes: Mata says Rashford can become a seasoned star

By Dominic Toner

Juan Mata has revealed that the Manchester United players were angry after the draw against Everton.

United were the much better team at Goodison Park and took the lead through Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the first-half, but Leighton Baines scored a late equaliser from the penalty spot.

Jose Mourinho’s side have been guilty of dropping points this season despite playing well, with their last three Premier League games all ending 1-1.

They have looked ruthless in their successful Europa League campaign, but have been unable to kill teams off in the league.

United midfielder Mata has explained that the players were frustrated after the disappointing draw with Everton.

“Today we could extend that feeling of anger and regret after the draw at Goodison Park,” Mata wrote in his blog. “We could just say that it was a pity and how helpless we feel when important points slip away at the end of games that you think you deserved to have won.

“It’s been like that in the last few fixtures at Old Trafford and also yesterday. That was how we felt in the dressing room after the game against Everton.”

United have fallen even further behind the league’s top sides and are currently sixth-placed in the table.

They are a huge 13 points adrift of table toppers Chelsea and nine points behind fourth-placed Manchester City.

The Red Devils were expected to be challenging for the title after recruiting star players Paul Pogba, Eric Bailly, Henrikh Mhkitaryan and Ibrahimovic in the summer.

Mourinho has been left frustrated on the touchline as his team continue to waste big chances and they will need to be more clinical in their next league match against fifth-placed Tottenham at Old Trafford.

Mata has been one of United’s best performers this season, scoring five goals and supplying two assists in 18 appearances.

The 28-year-old is an important player under Mourinho despite leaving Chelsea under his management at Stamford Bridge.

In other Manchester United news, the club’s supporters reacted on Twitter to Mkhitaryan’s performance against Everton.