Juan Mata‘s Monday blogs are usually full of hugs and happiness but today’s is markedly different, and so it should be.
Manchester United’s embarrassing performance at the Emirates on Sunday in the 3-0 defeat to Arsenal has completely taken the wind out of our sails and although the defeat shouldn’t cause widespread panic, it exposed weaknesses in our current team which had been bubbling under the surface.
There’s nothing more to say about the defeat other than to read what Mata had to say about it. In his latest blog post, he said: “It’s not easy to write today and to find words of encouragement after a game like this, but we have to carry on.
“As you could see, everything went wrong in the first half. Before the game, our goal was to keep the top spot of the Premiership, but it wasn’t our day as we saw from the kick off. Arsenal started with more intensity, they scored very quickly and with no time for our reaction they scored the second goal. Not even 10 minutes have passed and things were already looking very bad.
“A start like this from us is unacceptable; if we want to fight for big things we must learn the lesson as soon as possible. The only thing I can say is that we shouldn’t play a game like this again. When we were starting to react and move the ball, Alexis scored the third one. It’s not easy to beat Arsenal at their stadium, but when you lose 3-0 after the first 20 minutes then it’s almost impossible. From that moment we tried to stop them but we didn’t create chances, only a good one from Anthony right before half time. If we had scored that one, things could have been different, but nothing happened after the break. We tried to get back into the game, fighting until the end, but obviously we were penalised by our horrible start.”
The game was lost in the first 20 minutes and that’s a shocking state of affairs from a club who were top of the Premier League going into it.
Right now, United have two weeks to stew on the problems and every fan will be hoping that Louis van Gaal reassesses the situation because it’s about time United started games fast, rather than taking far too long to get into the game.
Next up is Everton away which has been a bogey ground in recent years for United and with other tough games coming up in October, something has to be done to improve our football in the first halves of games.