Mata ‘very sorry’ for Manchester United’s defeat at Leicester

The Spain international has apologised to fans for the Red Devils’ latest defeat and says the team are determined to learn from their mistakes

Juan Mata says he is “very sorry” for Manchester United’s 5-3 defeat to Leicester.

Louis van Gaal’s side had looked set for victory after leading 2-0 and 3-1 in the game but dramatically collapsed after conceding four goals in the second half.

Mata began the game on the bench for the visitors, before coming on as a second-half substitute and was unable to hide his disappointment at the result.

“After a whole week waiting for the match I could not imagine a Sunday like this,” he wrote on his blog.

“The way back from Leicester to Manchester on the bus seemed really long.

“I keep thinking about how we lost a game that was under control, but the thing is we were ahead, they equalised and when we tried to get advantage again we lost.

“It’s really tough to score three goals away and come back home with no points. On our way back to Manchester I was thinking about what had happened and felt so disappointed as all those that came with us to the stadium.

“Honestly, I feel very sorry that the weekend ended up for our fans in such a sad way.”

Next up for United is a visit from West Ham, 3-1 victors over Liverpool on Saturday, but Mata is hopeful his side can bounce back.

“There is time during the week to analyse what happened and learn from our mistakes so as not to make them again,” he added.

“Now we will play two consecutive games at Old Trafford that we want to win for our fans. We will put in our best efforts, you can be sure of that.”

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