Juan Mata: Manchester United players have to learn from shock Huddersfield defeat

by Harry Robinson

Manchester United must learn from their mistakes that led to a shock 2–1 defeat against Huddersfield Town this weekend, Juan Mata has commented.

The Reds went into Saturday afternoon fixture unbeaten in the Premier League, but came away humiliated after their first defeat against the Terriers in over 60 years.

It was an embarrassing defeat United, one filled with defensive errors, a lack of attacking quality, pace and penetration, and a terrible attitude on show by the entire team.

Writing in his weekly blog post, Mata said: “We didn’t play a good game and we came home with no points.”

“It’s time to learn from mistakes and keep going, as we always do, showing that the team sticks together when things don’t go so well, which is when we need it most.

“Huddersfield played their cards better than us and took all three points. All we can do now is congratulate them and move on. This is a not a sprint, but a marathon and there is still a long way to go.”

Manager Jose Mourinho came out after the game and slammed the attitude of his players. Ander Herrera publicly came out to say he and his teammates demonstrated a poor attitude in the game, something you never want to hear from your squad.

United must quickly improve. Tuesday night sees them come up against Swansea City in the EFL Cup, but the real challenges are about to be faced in the Premier League.

The Reds play Tottenham Hotspur, who have just thrashed Liverpool 4-1, next weekend, before travelling to Stamford Bridge to play Premier League champions Chelsea.

After an electric start to the season, free-scoring and entertaining, Mourinho’s men have suffered a tough week. Not only have they been beaten by Huddersfield and lost their unbeaten record, but their 1–0 victory against Portuguese champions Benfica in the UEFA Champions League was hardly comfortable.

Off the pitch, meanwhile, manager Mourinho publicly expressed a desire to, one day, coach Paris St Germain. That doesn’t mean he wants to leave, but it’s the wrong time in the season, if there is ever a good time, to be talking of such things.

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