Juan Mata: Manchester United couldn’t afford another defeat

by Marwan Harraz

Manchester United star Juan Mata has sent a message to fans following the superb comeback win against Newcastle on Saturday.

The Spaniard certainly played his part in the 3-2 victory having come on to the pitch after initially not starting the match.

United had gone 2-0 down within the first 10 minutes of the clash but managed to score thrice in the last 20 minutes to secure all three points.

Mata was instrumental from a more central role than he has played of late and admitted his side couldn’t afford another defeat.

The Red Devils and Jose Mourinho are currently under tremendous pressure after an underwhelming start to the season.

According to Manchester Evening News, Juan said: “Definitely, they [the supporters] pushed us, they helped us, to go more, to try more, to give this 50 minutes more and I’m very happy for them.

“I’m very happy for the team, for us, but especially for the fans. They don’t deserve everything that is going on, so they deserve to see a team like today.

“It was special. We were losing 2-0, they created even more chances to score more goals and confidence levels were low.

“We needed to change something and when you have nothing to lose you just throw it and you push even more.

“We couldn’t afford another defeat, especially for the fans. I think they saw today that we tried everything and we came back and from the mental point of view it was a very important three points.”

The match was definitely proof that Mata should be used more often in a central role rather than squeezed out wide as he frequently is.

Some fans are against the former Chelsea man playing as a winger as he adds little width and his attacking threat is nullified in that position.

Juan was even said to be on his way out of Old Trafford but it’s clear what he can do when played in his most natural and effective role.

The attacking midfielder’s free-kick goal sparked the comeback and it was the perfect reminder of the quality he has if anyone ever forgot it.

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