Juan Mata was afraid to write his latest blog update this morning following the humiliating defeat Manchester United were handed by Liverpool at Old Trafford yesterday.
The Spaniard started in United’s midfield but couldn’t do anything to stop his side from falling to their ninth defeat of the season as they battle to get some form of European football next season.
There is real anger and emotion coming from United fans at the moment because the success which has always been guaranteed and attached to the club lays in ruins.
That emotion is something that nearly stopped Mata from his latest entry into a blog which he has updated every Monday morning where possible since he came into English football with Chelsea.
“I’ll be very honest: in a day like this it’s not easy to write the blog. I even thought it would be better to keep quiet and not to write, for I know many fans are really upset now, and so are us. On top of that, however, there is a commitment I made to update the blog every week,” wrote the Spaniard.
From a United fan’s point of view, it will be encouraging to see the midfielder speaking out after such a poor performance when he could easily have kept his head down as many other players would have done.
Mata has tried to offer some words of comfort this morning and an insight into the team’s belief that they can still salvage something from what has so far been their worst season in living memory.
“The storm will pass and the sun will rise again. I have no doubt. Besides, no one said this would be easy, but this is football. It gives you fantastic moments but also very hard times you have to cope with, when you have to show pride and professionalism until the end,” he added.
Attention for United now switches to the Champions League second leg against Olympiakos where Moyes’ men have to overturn a two goal deficit following a poor performance in the first leg.
Mata has urged supporters to get behind the team because it won’t be easy against a stubborn Greek side that will most likely sit back and look to protect their advantage.
“If we score in the first few minutes, I think we can make it with your help. There are no words to describe your support in the stadium. In games like yesterday it makes me mad not being able to give you what you deserve. I know there is nothing I can say right now, but at least I want you to know how I feel.”