Juan Mata explains how Tottenham made it tough for Manchester United

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Manchester United defeated Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 at Old Trafford in the Premier League on Saturday.

Manchester United attacking midfielder Juan Mata has explained in his blog why Saturday’s Premier League game against Tottenham Hotspur was tough.

United kicked off their 2015-16 Premier League campaign with a narrow victory over Spurs at home.

England international defender Kyle Walker’s own goal midway through the first half proved to be the difference between the two sides at Old Trafford.

Mata started the match and played for the entire 90 minutes, and had a pass accuracy of 84% and won one tackle.

The Spain international has explained in his blog why the opening game of the new Premier League season was not very entertaining.

The former Chelsea star has also admitted that Tottenham made it tough for the Red Devils to play their natural game.

“Last season we had a bad experience when we lost the first game at home against Swansea, and this time the team was really focused to have a different start,” Mata explained in his blog. “And so we did.

“As you could see, it was not a brilliant game, but you can understand that, being the first one, there’s still a lack of rhythm.

“It wasn’t easy for any of the teams, and the pressure from the opponent made it hard to play a fluid game, but we managed to score in the first half and that goal was enough to get the three points.”

Over the course of the 90 minutes, Louis van Gaal’s side had 50% of the possession, took nine shots of which one was on target and earned one corner.

United are challenging for the Premier League title this season, and the three points they picked up against Spurs are going to be important in that.

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