Mata reacts to Chelsea draw
See what Juan Mata had to say after scoring against his former club on his birthday...
Was that hard to take overall today? “Yeah, yeah. The feeling is disappointment. Today was key for us, we knew we had to win to be in a good position to get into the top four. Obviously Chelsea are fighting with us for those positions. I think we started really well – it was one of the best first halves of the season, I think. But we couldn’t get the second goal, we couldn’t create as many chances as the first half in the second half. Yeah, disappointed because we did an incredible job over the last months to be fighting for this and it’s difficult to be so close and don’t depend on yourselves. We need to keep going and we will try to get six points from the two games remaining and wait.” You played some really good stuff in the first half, obviously including in the build-up to your goal as well… “Yes, I think we started really well. That’s how we should start every single game – pressing, creating chances, putting the opponent in trouble, bringing the crowd with us so it was like the perfect start. But yeah, we couldn’t keep the intensity in the second half and we know they are a very good team also, but I think we should look back at the first half as an example of what we can do and how we can compete against the big teams.” David De Gea is loved at Old Trafford but is having a rough time at the moment. How is he? “Yeah, he’s disappointed. Obviously, he’s not happy. He’s been the best player over the last years and one of the most, if not the most, important players for us. He’s been giving us an incredible amount of points over the last years. We have won trophies, we’ve played in the Champions League because of him so he’s disappointed but he has my full support, the squad’s full support, the manager’s support and every Manchester United fan. For me, his level is not questionable – he’s a world class player and every player has good and not so good moments during our careers. The difficulty for goalkeepers is that if I make a mistake, maybe it has a solution. If a goalkeeper makes a mistake, it’s probably a goal so these things happen. What is good is that he’s determined to keep going to be back to give us a lot of points and that’s the important thing – not how many times you make a mistake but the way of reacting to them.” The fans were right behind him as well… “Yes, that’s very good and it speaks very well about the fans. I was wanting to hear that on the pitch, I was waiting for that reaction from them and he got it. It shows how incredible these fans are and how much he’s loved in this club.” Finally, all we can do is keep going and see what happens I suppose… “Yeah, we cannot give up, we need to try to get six points and wait and obviously it’s difficult now because we don’t depend on us, but we will never give up and we will try to get six points.”