Juan Mata has said that Manchester United need to move on from the painful defeat endured in Valencia.
The Red Devils were defeated by 2-1 in their Champions League encounter against the Spanish opposition last night.
Manchester United midfield ace Juan Mata has urged his teammates to move on from their “painful” defeat at the hands of his former club Valencia in their last group match of the Champions League last night. The Red Devils were put to shame by the Spanish side as they came out victorious by 2-1 at the Mestalla. However, the result did not have any impact on Manchester United’s progress to the round of 16.
The Spanish player said, “We are disappointed because obviously it’s more painful knowing that Juventus lost and if we’d have won we would have finished first in the group.” He added, “Disappointing night. It was special for me personally coming back to Valencia and feel the love of the club and the supporters, so I am grateful for that. But disappointed overall. I think we reacted a bit too late, so we had some chances at the end that we could have scored. But overall we qualified and that was the most important thing and we knew that, but obviously we would have loved to have been first in the group.”
Mata praised Marcus Rashford, who scored the only goal for Manchester United and Jesse Lingard for their efforts. He said, “Yeah, it seems like we always push in the last minutes, when players come off from the bench or the players that are on the pitch. It seems like we react in the last 10, 15 minutes and start creating more chances and getting closer and closer to score. That’s what we did today but it was not enough.”