Mata challenges United teammates to bounce back

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Mata challenges United teammates to bounce back

Juan Mata has challenged his Manchester United team-mates to turn their rage into results after their latest worrying setback.

United’s shock defeat at Newcastle on Sunday was a second straight away reverse and left United battling for a top-four finish.But playmaker Mata insists United must use the pain of those losses to turn the corner – starting with Saturday’s fifth round FA Cup visit to Huddersfield.Mata said: “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 and work for the next game.

Mata in action against Newcastle United. (Getty)

“The defeat 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.”

Defender Phil Jones branded his team slow and sloppy for the 1-0 defeat to Rafa Benitez’s side and confessed United were simply not good enough.


He said. “We have to go again, that’s all we can do. We’re devastated but we have to improve. We were poor. Slow and sloppy.

“They got momentum and they gained their momentum and then we had a few chances cleared off the line but we are not kidding ourselves we weren’t good enough.“We had three or four balls cleared off the line and they are scrapping for their lives. That’s the sort of luck they needed and they got it.“But, it wasn’t about luck we just were not good enough.”