Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata has explained where he thinks his side could have won the game against Chelsea at Old Trafford yesterday.
United and the Blues shared a 1-1 draw after Didier Drogba opened the scoring, before Robin Van Persie’s late equaliser from a set piece.
“I think we did a good first half, but we weren’t able to take our chances. In the second half, after Drogba’s goal they took control of the game for some time but in the last stage we pushed hard and managed to equalise,” wrote Mata in his weekly blog.
United had several good moments during the game where they created openings against a team, which has been sitting top of the Premier League throughout the season.
Credit has to go to Thibaut Courtois, who made a number of saves during the game, as did his counterpart David De Gea, who produced one superb save from Eden Hazard who was through on goal with the Spaniard.
United were on top heading into the break and showed a resilience when they were under pressure following Chelsea’s opener.
Graeme Souness commented during Sky’s live broadcast that the resistance United showed under pressure was the first time he’d seen such grit from Louis van Gaal’s team all season.
“In short, a point that wasn’t much at half time was celebrated and deserved at the end of the game, although is not good enough to remain on the top of the table. However, I’m sure that we will get better and better and we will climb to the main spots, where United deserves to be.”
United now focus on a Manchester derby game against current Premier League champions Manchester City.
United have already been knocked out of the League Cup, which means they will have extra rest and preparation time ahead of the game with City playing against Newcastle in the competition this Wednesday.