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Mata: Fans deserve a lot more

MANCHESTER UNITED forward Juan Mata admits he was "mad" he was not able to give fans what they deserved in the defeat to Liverpool.

Yesterday's 3-0 loss at Old Trafford stood out not only for the visitors underlining their credentials as Premier League title challengers, but also United's inability to compete against their north-west rivals.

But after the final whistle, large pockets of supporters remained to voice their support and Mata said he was disappointed the players could not match that level of performance.

"There are no words to describe your support in the stadium," he wrote in his personal online blog.

"In games like yesterday it makes me mad not being able to give you what you deserve.

"I know there is nothing I can say right now but at least I want you to know how I feel."

Mata joined United from Chelsea in January for £37million but there has been no vast improvement in results, with just three wins from the seven matches he has been involved in, being ineligible for the Champions League defeat to Olympiacos.

However, the 25-year-old believes the experience will make him a better player.

"The storm will pass and the sun will rise again. I have no doubt," said Mata.

"Besides, no one said this would be easy but this is football.

"It gives you fantastic moments but also very hard times you have to cope with, when you have to show pride and professionalism until the end.

"And when all this is gone I'm sure I will be a more mature footballer."


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