Juan Mata promises ‘different’ Man United

Posted on Jan 12 2015 - 7:00pm by Staff Writer

Juan Mata has assured Manchester United fans that Sunday’s 1-0 defeat to Southampton will not be repeated in the future.

A single Dusan Tadic goal was enough to earn the Saints a win at Old Trafford after the home side found themselves missing a whole host of glaring chances.

Spaniard midfielder Mata was heavily criticised by many of the club’s fans, after he missed two clear cut chances late on in the game, however, he has spoken about the defeat and promised improvement.

Writing in his weekly blog after the match, he said: “To be honest, I don’t think we deserved to lose against Southampton,” he insisted. “It was not the best game to watch. They were well positioned and defended very well so creating chances was difficult.

“And yet we were in control of the game. The first half was not very good; the game was quite slow, too tactical. But we kept the ball most of the time, trying to find spaces towards the goal.

“They scored after the break in one of the few chances they had, after a ball that rebounded on the post, and then we tried everything to tie the game. I think we deserved that goal.

“In the last 20 minutes we had chances. I had three myself but it seemed the ball just didn’t want to go in. It would’ve been very important to make some of them because I believe we could have even won.

“I tried every possible way until the end but we just couldn’t make it. Next time it will be a different story, I’m sure.”