Manchester United news: Mata embarrassed by United showing

10 months ago

In the latest Manchester United news, Juan Mata has conceded his side’s performance in Sunday’s 1-0 defeat to West Brom was unacceptable.

The Red Devils went into the game against the Premier League’s bottom club knowing anything but a defeat would deny local rivals Manchester City the title.

However, they were sluggish throughout and were undone by a Baggies side who kept their survival hopes alive for another few days.

Jay Rodriguez’s goal was the difference at Old Trafford, in game that saw Paul Pogba withdrawn and at one stage featured Mata, Romelu Lukaku, Alexis Sanchez, Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard on the field.

Despite the array of attacking talent at their disposal, United failed to create enough clear-cut chances and therefore had to settle for a sixth league defeat of the season.

The FA Cup remains the only piece of silverware still available to them and the Red Devils are 12/5 to win the competition with Betfair.

United meet Tottenham in the semi-finals on Saturday but before that Wednesday sees Mourinho’s men travel to Bournemouth and Mata concedes they need to provide a telling response following Sunday’s “bad game” against the Baggies.

The 29-year-old Spaniard concedes they “didn’t live up to expectations” against West Brom and knows they simply must improve.

“I know that you don’t want to read anything after a defeat like this one, that any comments made after the game sound like hollow words,” Mata told the club’s website.

“I’m not trying to explain anything here, or to make an excuse. We played a bad game this Sunday. There’s not much to add. There’s nothing to detract from West Bromwich, but we didn’t live up to our expectations.”