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Mata 'enraged' after Newcastle draw

2015-08-24 12:10
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Cape Town - Manchester United playmaker Juan Mata says he left Old Trafford enraged after the Red Devils failed to beat Newcastle United.

Writing in his weekly blog, the Spanish international revealed his displeasure following the 0-0 draw at home on Saturday.

United dropped their first points of the season as they failed to turn early domination into goals.

Wayne Rooney had the home side's best chance but a contentious offside decision ruled out his early strike.

Mata revealed his team-mates were equally disappointed to draw the match but felt like he had a good afternoon personally.

Manchester United now shift their focus to Wednesday's Champions League qualifier second leg at Club Brugge. The English side take a 3-1 advantage into the match as they look to return to Europe's biggest club competition.

Mata's blog:

"It’s still August but the activity is very intense already and there is no time for celebration or mourning. As you know, our goal last week was to keep our winning streak, but we couldn’t make it. We got a good result against Club Brugge, especially if you take into account that things had turned bad after an unfortunate goal against us. Then the team showed character to come back, but we know there is still a lot of work to do in the second leg this coming Wednesday. We are really looking forward to it, we want to play a good game and seal our passport to the top competition in Europe.

As I was saying, we weren’t able to get another three points in the Premier League. The goalless draw against Newcastle last Saturday left us with a bad taste; personally I think we deserved to win but that doesn’t count… In my opinion the team had spells of our best football so far this season, and we created enough chances to score at least one goal. From a personal point of view, I felt very comfortable and was able to participate a lot, but I went home enraged for not being able to win, same as my team-mates. We need to win this kind of games if we want to be more consistent than last season… The good news is that we are strong in defence and we haven’t conceded a goal in the Premier League. Seven points out of nine is not a bad start, we have to be positive and keep moving forward."

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