Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata has revealed that the entire side is upset after defeat to Manchester City yesterday.
United were in full control of the game until Chris Smalling launched into a tackle, which left referee Michael Oliver with no option but to show the England defender a second yellow card, which saw United go down to ten men, eventually conceding a goal they never clawed back.
“A derby is always special and the one in Manchester is really intense, you can feel it in the streets during the week. That’s why it’s hard to accept that we have lost and, despite not being able to help my team-mates on the pitch, I can tell you that the whole team is very upset,” wrote Mata in his weekly blog.
The Spaniard also hinted at the frustration over another red card, which has been a problem in several games for United this season.
United were also well on top in the game against Leicester City before Tyler Blackett was sent off, which prompted the floodgates to open as United conceded five times in a 5-3 defeat.
“Playing away against City is always challenging because they have a big offensive potential, as it was shown, but having one player sent off in the first half just makes things more complicated. This is the fifth time this season that one of us gets a red card, so unfortunately we already know what it means to have one player less.”
So how do United recover from this latest setback as their worst ever start to a season goes on?
United are now tenth on 13 points, four behind Arsenal in fourth place which is the obvious aim for the club by the end of the season.
Mata’s suggestion? Ignore the table and focus on one game at a time.
“To be honest, right now, rather than looking at the table we have to focus on our path in order to improve and to win games.”
Next up for Manchester United is a home match against Crystal Palace before they travel to Arsenal following the third international break already this season.