Manchester United playmaker Juan Mata has revealed that it's hard to accept losing to rivals Manchester City and that his teammates are very upset after the defeat.
Despite not featuring at the Etihad yesterday afternoon, the Spaniard has insisted that he's hurting just as much as the rest of his teammates as United's poor start to the season continues under Louis van Gaal.
United went down by one goal to nil against the Premier League champions, but Mata has insisted that his side are determined to improve.
Writing in his blog after the game, the Spanish ace said: "Today I’m writing to you from home after a defeat that is not easy to take. A derby is always special and the one in Manchester is really intense, you can feel it in the streets during the week. That’s why it’s hard to accept that we have lost and, despite not being able to help my team-mates on the pitch, I can tell you that the whole team is very upset.
"Playing away against City is always challenging because they have a big offensive potential, as it was shown, but having one player sent off in the first half just makes things more complicated. This is the fifth time this season that one of us gets a red card, so unfortunately we already know what it means to have one player less.
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"But even if Agüero scored and we were just 10, our team showed pride and almost tied the game, although this time it was not possible. To be honest, right now, rather than looking at the table we have to focus on our path in order to improve and to win games."
Mata has, however, insisted that he's sure the club can turn things around and is confident of a good result against Crystal Palace this coming weekend.
"Obviously this situation is not what we wanted, but in this moment the team must stick together and keep on going. I’m sure we will do it.
"Our situation is not nice, I can tell you, but I’m fully confident that we will change it against Crystal Palace."
It remains to be seen, however, as to whether Mata returns to the Red Devils starting line-up for the clash with Palace this weekend. Unsurprisingly, the playmaker was replaced in the side by captain Wayne Rooney at the Etihad yesterday as the England international slotted into the No.10 role.
It certainly looks tricky for Mata at the Theatre of Dreams, but he will be desperate to impress in the near future. In truth, though, the Spaniard failed to take his chance in the first-team last month after Rooney served a three game suspension.
United, of course, have an array of attacking talent in their side, so Mata may well have to wait for his next opportunity in the first-team. Manchester United fans, meanwhile, will be expecting goals and all three points against Palace on Saturday, as they look to return to winning ways.
Already 13 points behind table-toppers Chelsea, United will be determined to make up ground on the clubs ahead of them over the coming weeks and months.
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