Manchester United’s Juan Mata has admitted they are disappointed with their shock 1-0 defeat to West Brom, but reminded the side they still have plenty left to fight for
Jose Mourinho’s side conceded the Premier League title to their local rivals Manchester City in their 1-0 defeat against West Brom at Old Trafford on Sunday with a Jay Rodriguez goal in the 73rd minute of the match proving to be the difference between the sides.
Mata, who started on the right wing for United, admitted that it was a very disappointing performance for the side on the back of their thrilling comeback win against City last week.
“We are frustrated ourselves with the performance and what we have to do is, from tomorrow, think about the next game and keep going, because we have very important weeks ahead,” said Mata, according to the club website.
“It’s one of those days that we didn’t play good enough and we tried to create some chances in the first half and in the beginning of the second, but we didn’t play quickly enough. We made life quite difficult for ourselves so we are all frustrated, and we understand the frustration of the fans.”
But the Spaniard is adamant that they cannot afford to relax now that the title race has been concluded with both Liverpool and Tottenham within striking distance of snatching second place from them in the league standings.
“Second position was not done before the game,” said the midfielder.
“It was not done even if we won. It is even more important for the next games and we know we have to compete until the last week. It’s been a long season but we need to make sure we can compete until the end, that we keep that second position and we fight for being in another FA Cup final and try to win it.”
Mata, who has won the FA Cup with both Chelsea and United, knows the significance that the trophy has in England.
“It’s the FA Cup, we all know how important it is,” he added.
“And then to get second in the league which is not the ideal position, but it’s the position we want to finish now.”
United can turn things around quickly with their away trip to Bournemouth on Wednesday, having already beaten them earlier this season.