English Premiership

No time for mourning - Mata

2015-02-23 12:00
Juan Mata (AFP)

Cape Town - Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata says there is no time for his Champions League chasing side to mourn the loss at Swansea City.

While Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal lamented his team's "missed chances" in Saturday's 2-1 Premier League defeat at Swansea, the reality is that his side could only ride their luck for so long.

Mata has encouraged his teammates to put the loss behind them as the race for the top four intensifies.

Mata wrote on his blog:

"As you can imagine, especially those who read this blog week after week, this is one of those days when writing is a bit complicated, following a tough defeat.

The week had had a good start, winning in the FA Cup and getting to the next round -when we will be facing Arsenal- but did not finish the way we expected.

I honestly think we were close to bring home the three points, especially because the feelings on the pitch at the start of the second half were good. We played almost all the time in Swansea’s half of the pitch, but we weren’t able to take any chance and we all know that football can be capricious. We were ahead after a great goal from Ander in the first half, but were defeated later on with a lucky goal from Gomis after Shelvey’s shot.

Sometimes you win games that you don’t deserve to win, and some other times, and I think this is the case, you just don’t get what you deserve… This is football!

Now we must stand up again, look ahead and make it up to our fans the next weekend in Old Trafford against Sunderland. As I keep saying every week, and now even more, it is vital to win games. Our main rivals don’t slow down and the race for the Champions League spots is closer than ever. We are approaching the most important moment of the season and we must deliver in order to get our goals."

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