Juan Mata has reacted to Manchester United’s humiliating 4-0 defeat at the hands of Chelsea, insisting the players are determined to learn from their mistakes.
Two goals in each half condemned Man United to their heaviest Premier League defeat since the tumultuous 6-1 loss to Manchester City back in October 2011.
Mata was introduced at half time and produced some neat touches on the ball, but was ultimately unable to exert any notable impact on the game as Mourinho’s men continued to wilt.
Speaking after the game, the Spaniard was in a notably dejected mood.
“This is a painful result. From the first minute it started very badly,” he said.
“I felt that when we were close to their goal they scored, every time, and that was the key to the game.
“It is just three points, we have another important game in a few days so we need to learn from our mistakes.”
It was a result Mourinho’s men didn’t want; but perhaps it was a result they needed.
Such set-back will usher in a new approach under the 53-year-old. It signals an opportunity to revisit the drawing board, to reassess, to think, to ask questions, and to learn.
This is a side, for all its talent and experience, still unsure of itself, unable to decide on an identity and seemingly coasting along during the early stages of the season – sometimes excellent, sometimes indifferent. A 4-0 defeat serves as a powerful slap to the face, a reminder of the work that still needs to be done and what lies ahead.