Manchester United’s season seems to be unravelling despite October only having just begun and midfielder Juan Mata has called on his teammates to forget their social media game and focus on getting the club back on track.
After drawing with 1-1 with newly promoted Wolverhampton Wanderers at Old Trafford on September 22, the struggling Red Devils suffered the ignominy of a Carabao Cup exit at the hands of lower-league Derby County in midweek.
Worse was to follow on the weekend as an insipid United side were beaten 1-3 at the London Stadium on Sunday to leave the fallen giants languishing in 10th place, nine points off the pace after just seven games played.
“Today, my blog post is shorter than usual. In fact, it isn’t really a time for posts. I want to thank all of you who support us during these tough times. I understand your frustrations,” Mata penned on his personal blog Monday.
Tensions between star player Paul Pogba and manager Jose Mourinho seem to have flared to unmanageable levels in the past fortnight, with the wantaway midfielder getting stripped of vice-captaincy last week.
However, Mata remained hopeful that United can bounce back with a UEFA Champions League win against his former side Valencia in midweek.
“The upcoming game against Valencia is a special one for me, but above all it is another chance to get back to winning ways,” the diminutive midfielder added as he signed off.
After their continental fixture against the La Liga outfit, United host Newcastle United for a Premier League clash on Saturday.
Should United fail to win both or worse, lose the two games, Mourinho could get the sack as rumours of Zinedine Zidane replacing him begin to gather pace.