Juan Mata says that defeat at Newcastle ‘hurts’ because Manchester United had chances in each half.
However, he does admit that Newcastle ‘took better advantage of their weapons’.
After Matt Ritchie scored, Jose Mourinho immediately made a double substitution, bringing on Mata and Carrick for Pogba and Lingard.
It made little difference as Diame and Shelvey continued to win the battle in the middle of the pitch.
Juan Mata scored twice and was man of the match back in April 2014 when Man Utd won 4-0 at St James Park – but there never looked likely to be a repeat of that yesterday.
The Spaniard says that when you lose an away match it means you have a lot of time to think about it on the journey home and reflect on what went wrong.
As for the Man Utd supporters who travelled, Mata says ‘You deserved a different game and a different score’.
However, once it became clear that Newcastle were going to be making a game of it, we heard next to nothing from them.
Then a lot of them left once their team went behind.
More than their players, the Man Utd fans find losing hard to take and deal with accordingly. It is easy to support a team when you are winning all of the time.
Juan Mata writing on his personal blog:
“Unfortunately this is one of those days when you don’t feel in the best mood to update your blog, neither do you to read it. It’s not easy to write after a defeat.
“The truth is, after losing an away game you think a lot about it on your way back home. You remember every play, every moment, and you try to change the outcome but obviously that’s impossible.
“You can’t turn back time, so the only way to carry on is to turn all this rage into a desire to win, work and attitude for the next game.
“The 1-0 in Newcastle hurts because we had chances to score both in the first and in the second half, but they took better advantage of their weapons.
“We already have to focus on the FA Cup and Huddersfield. It will be a great opportunity to prove that a new win can help to forget yesterday’s game.
“By the way, thank you to those who travelled to Newcastle, you deserved a different game and a different score.
“I’m signing off now, wishing that next week my tone here will be more positive. Thanks to you all, as always.”
Stats from BBC Sport:
Newcastle United 1 Manchester United 0
Newcastle: Ritchie 65
Possession was Man Utd 64% Newcastle 36%
Total shots were Man Utd 13 Newcastle 10
Shots on target were Man Utd 6 Newcastle 3
Corners were Man Utd 10 Newcastle 0
Referee: Craig Pawson
Dubravka, Yedlin, Lascelles, Lejeune, Dummett, Ritchie, Diame, Shelvey, Kenedy (Atsu 84), Gayle (Joselu 80), Perez (Hayden 90+4)
Darlow, Manquillo, Murphy, Merino
Crowd: 52,309 (Man Utd 3,000)
(Alan Shearer gives his reaction to the win HERE)
(Read Jose Mourinho’s reaction to the match HERE)
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(Read Mohamed Diame reaction HERE)