Juan Mata was one of the best players in the world during his time at Chelsea, but since his £37.1 million move to Manchester United in January 2014, he has looked a shadow of his old self.
The Spain international midfielder has yet to spark in the 2014-15 campaign despite being made one of the key players of the team by new manager Louis van Gaal.
On Saturday, Mata was again disappointing in his performance during the Red Devils’ goalless draw with Burnley at Turf Moor.
The former Valencia star failed to create a single chance for his teammates and did not have any shot on target in the Premier League encounter.
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After the match, Mata admitted his disappointment at United’s failure to win against Burnley, adding that inability to take their chances cost them two points against the newly-promoted Premier League outfit.
‘I think we were on top in the last 20 minutes of the game but didn't score’, the 26-year-old told MUTV. ‘We played most of the time in their half which is good but, if you don't score from these chances, then it's not good enough.
‘I believe, when we try to play football in the last third, we can create but we played too many long balls in the first half which is maybe why we didn't play as well’.
Van Gaal’s United were disappointing in every aspect against Burnley and failed to inspire. The Manchester outfit lacked creativity and imagination in attack, and could have even conceded an early goal to their hosts.
Of United’s seven shots, only two were on target, while Burnley’s three attempts out of nine were on goal. The visitors did have more possession (64% to 36%), but David de Gea was the busier of the two goalkeepers and was forced into making three saves.
The draw was the right result at Turf Moor. A win for United would not have been fair on a spirited and determined Burnley side.