Juan Mata urges Manchester United fans to look ahead to Sunderland

by Richard Laverty

Juan Mata has asked Manchester United supporters to put the defeat to Swansea City behind them and look forward to this weekend’s game against Sunderland.

Speaking on his own personal blog, Mata reflected on a game United threw away from 1-0 up but echoes the sentiments of his manager that United didn’t deserve to lose the game.

Mata reserved praise for his friend and team-mate Ander Herrera for his goal but stated United must move on and concentrate on what is in front of them as the team close in on a crucial period of games against Tottenham, Liverpool, Arsenal, Manchester City and Chelsea.

Mata feels the team must ‘stand up again’ when Sunderland visit Old Trafford this weekend and it should be an ideal opportunity for United to get back to winning ways.

But the Mackems took all three points away from Old Trafford last season when Ryan Giggs was in charge and regularly cause problems for the top teams, anything but a win for United will give further advantages to their chasing rivals.

The Spaniard himself only got ten minutes against Swansea and it was the first time he’s appeared at all since the replay against Cambridge United several weeks ago.

The introduction of Marouane Fellaini to United’s attack appears to be keeping Mata out of the team for now but he’ll hope to be able to help his team as they face three games in just over a week, starting on Saturday afternoon.

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