Mata turns focus to FA Cup after depressing West Brom defeat

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Though he admits any post-West Brom excuses “sound like hole phrases”, Juan Mata is rallying assist for a key week for Manchester United.

Information 16 Apr 2018, 14:43 IST





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Manchester United’s Juan Mata

A disillusioned Juan Mata says Manchester United should shift their focus to a vital week of their season following their 1-Zero loss to West Brom on Sunday.

Jay Rodriguez’s second-half header condemned United to defeat at Outdated Trafford and handed the Premier League title to Manchester Metropolis.

Jose Mourinho’s facet had stored the title race nearly alive with a dramatic Three-2 derby win of their earlier sport, however a dismal efficiency in opposition to the league’s backside membership means they can not now end greater than second place.

With a league journey to Bournemouth and an FA Cup semi-final in opposition to Tottenham to come back this week, Mata is hoping his facet can transfer on rapidly from their setback.

“I do know that you do not wish to learn something after a defeat like this one, that any feedback made after the sport sound like hole phrases,” he wrote on his weblog. 

“I am not making an attempt to elucidate something right here, or to make an excuse, I simply wish to hold this weekly assembly with you, though in days like this one it is difficult. Some Mondays are completely happy and a few others should not. This is without doubt one of the latter.

“We performed a foul sport this Sunday. There’s not a lot so as to add. There’s nothing to detract from West Bromwich, however we did not dwell as much as our expectations. It is disappointing, much more after the win final week, however that is soccer. That is why it is so necessary to maintain the suitable steadiness within the good and within the unhealthy occasions. Congratulations to Manchester Metropolis, who’re mathematically the Premier League winners.

“We’ll hold specializing in two targets from right here to the tip of the season: preserving the second place and making an attempt to get to the FA Cup last and to win the title. To be able to try this, this new week is basically necessary.

“I hope that we are able to have a happier Monday in seven days.”

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