English Premiership

Mata: Unity key for United's title marathon

2017-10-23 14:35
Juan Mata (Getty)

London - The Manchester United players must react as a unit to the shock Premier League defeat by Huddersfield said Spanish star Juan Mata on Monday.

The 29-year-old attacking midfielder added that despite trailing city rivals Manchester City by five points the title race was a long way from being decided.

Mata was taken off at half-time of the 2-1 defeat on Saturday after his being dispossessed led to the first goal.

Mata and his team-mates were lambasted by manager Jose Mourinho after their first defeat of the season with the Portuguese handler declaring that their attitude had been poor.

"We knew this moment would arrive sooner or later, although that's something you never wish for, of course," a contrite Mata wrote in his blog on the United website.

"Now, it's time to learn from mistakes and keep going, as we always do, showing that the team sticks together when things don't go so well, which is when we need it most."

Mata, who has fought his way back into Mourinho's affections after a rocky time when they were at Chelsea together ending with him being sold to United, said the Huddersfield result could be just a blip given the side's form prior to the loss.

"Since the European Super Cup defeat last summer (they lost 2-1 to Real Madrid in early August), we've been performing really well against all kind of opponents," said Mata.

"On Saturday, though, Huddersfield played their cards better than us and took all three points.

"All we can do now is congratulate them and move on. This is a not a sprint, but a marathon and there is still a long way to go.

"Let's not forget that, before that game, we had got a good win in Lisbon. We beat a very good side in Benfica (1-0 last Wednesday), a team with plenty of Champions League experience."

United can get back on the winning trail on Tuesday when the League Cup holders travel to Swansea for their last 16 clash.

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk
Breaking News

Fixtures
Friday, 26 April 2019
Liverpool v Huddersfield Town, Anfield 21:00
Saturday, 27 April 2019
Tottenham Hotspur v West Ham United, Tottenham Hotspur Stadium 13:30
Fulham v Cardiff City, Craven Cottage 16:00
Crystal Palace v Everton, Selhurst Park 16:00
Southampton v AFC Bournemouth, St. Mary's Stadium 16:00
Watford v Wolverhampton Wanderers, Vicarage Road Stadium 16:00
Brighton & Hove Albion v Newcastle United, The American Express Community Stadium 18:30
Sunday, 28 April 2019
Leicester City v Arsenal, King Power Stadium 13:00
Burnley v Manchester City, Turf Moor 15:05
Manchester United v Chelsea, Old Trafford 17:30
Logs
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team
Vote

Who will claim the Premier League title at the end of the 2018/19 season?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Featured

The 2018/19 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.