Manchester United seem to be a midst of a crisis after their shock 3-2 loss at Brighton & Hove Albion and Red Devils midfielder Juan Mata has admitted that the mood in the United camp wasn’t the best in the aftermath of the Premier League fixture at the Amex Stadium.
“Without doubt, it wasn’t a good Sunday and the motivation to write something isn’t really there. The journey back from Brighton was tough, as you can all imagine,” Mata penned in his weekly blog on Monday.
Central defenders Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof had a horror outing on the night as their ponderous displays allowed the Seagulls to race into a 2-0 lead.
Romelu Lukaku would pull one back for the visitors, but Pascal Gross’ penalty restored Brighton’s two-goal cushion and United laboured in the second half.
Despite playing the likes of Paul Pogba, Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard together after the interval, United didn’t impress in attack.
“Both for us and for everyone that was there to support us. Although things have only just begun and there is a long way to go, it always hurts to lose. A lot.”
Mata was subbed off at half-time as his manager Jose Mourinho sought to mix things up, but it was all for nought as a late penalty in second half injury-time by Paul Pogba just proved to be a consolation strike in the end.
“We made mistakes and they penalised us for them. We have to pick ourselves back up, improve and be positive, because there’s plenty still to come and feeling sorry for ourselves isn’t going to help anyone,” the diminutive Spaniard added as he signed off.
Mourinho’s job is reportedly on the line after just two games into the season and there is immense pressure on the United squad ahead of their home clash with Tottenham Hotspur on Monday night.