Juan Mata: Manchester United must stay ‘positive’ following defeat against Norwich City

by Ben Topliss

Juan Mata has insisted that Manchester United must stay “positive” as they look to turn their fortunes around.

Man United suffered a dismal 2-1 defeat against Norwich City on Saturday, meaning they have only won four times in their last 14 games.

The pressure on Louis van Gaal has ramped up as a result and there have been numerous calls for the Dutchman to be sacked.

When asked how things can change between now and the New Year, Mata said: “That’s football. You can’t enjoy it a lot even when you’re winning games because you have another one coming up straight away.

“That’s how we have to think after losing also, we have to try to be positive. As always, I think everyone is trying their best, but things are not working. We obviously need to win soon, but especially now that we have a lot of games in a short period of time.”

Mata was a shadow of the player he has shown he can be against the Canaries and he was largely anonymous at Old Trafford.

The midfielder has been awful for some time now and, while van Gaal must take a lot of the blame for the current crisis at United, the players must also admit that they are culpable. Whoever is to blame for the team’s failings, it is clear that something must change.

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