Manchester United playmaker Juan Mata has reflected on the club's recent defeat to Watford and insisted that his side must react after their poor performances and results of late.
Every Monday during the season the 27-year-old updates a personal blog, and he has used his latest post to respond to a poor run of form for his team which includes three straight defeats within an eight-day period.
Despite the 3-1 loss at Vicarage Road, where he was introduced as a 62nd minute substitute as United chased the game, the Spanish star still believes there are good times ahead for the Red Devils under new boss Jose Mourinho and is looking for a positive reaction.
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After greeting his readers, Mata began, "Today, I believe there's no need to start by describing how frustrated we feel in the team after losing at Watford. To be honest, after the 1-1 we really thought we were going to win the game.
"We had scored and we were playing near Watford's box. However, it was precisely in that good moment that they scored again and since then until the final whistle they were in better control of the situation, and we lost the three points. It was an unexpected disappointment."
Mourinho put Mata in his starting XI during the early weeks of the season and the midfielder scored United's first Premier League goal of the new campaign, however he wasn't involved in the Manchester derby and came off the bench on Sunday after playing at Feyenoord.
Mata: United must react
Mata added, "A win doesn't last too long, and it happens the same way with a defeat: you have the chance to make it up soon afterwards. Two more games this week will give us the opportunity to show on the pitch our pride and skills. There's no time for mourning. We must react."
What's next for United?
The Spain international has called on his teammates not to take Wednesday's EFL Cup third round tie lightly, especially seeing as their Northampton Town have already knocked out Premier League opposition.
"First of all, we visit Northampton Town in the EFL Cup, in our first game of the season in this competition," Mata continued. "We are the favourites in this game and we have to deliver, with all due respect to the opponent because, despite being in League One, Northampton Town has already knocked out a Premier League side like West Brom.
"I’m sure the stadium will be packed and they will try to make things difficult for us. And next weekend we are back to the Premier League, this time at Old Trafford against Leicester. Playing a nice game against the current champions would be the best signal that we could send to our supporters.
"In order to do so, we have to improve and work hard in every sense. I believe this team is capable of doing great things this season. I’m signing off now. I hope next Monday we can celebrate together a good week."
So, following a string of disappointing results, Mata remains optimistic about the season which, of course, still has a very long way to go. On a personal note, he will hope to be involved in the two upcoming games he mentioned as United look to get their season back on track.
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