Juan Mata has apologised for his sending off in Manchester United’s 1-0 defeat against West Bromwich Albion on Sunday.
The Spaniard was dismissed for the first time in his career after receiving two yellow cards in the space of three minutes at The Hawthorns.
It left Man United with an uphill task and they eventually succumbed to defeat thanks to Solomon Rondon’s winner. Mata apologised but argued that he was harshly treated.
“I have the feeling that both decisions were rigorous; that, in many occasions, we see more serious fouls that are not penalised in such a way, but at the same time I could have avoided them and I take responsibility,” Mata wrote in his blog.
“It also leaves me with a bad taste for the supporters who travelled to the stadium, and for those who were watching the game from home, but I must carry on as always and from now on I’m already focused on the next game, the derby against Liverpool in the Europa League. What matters is to move forward and to always learn from each situation. And so I will.”
Mata rescued United with a late winner against Watford last week but he was the villain against West Brom and the blame for the defeat has to lie with him.
United weren’t exactly scintillating before Mata’s sending off but the event certainly changed the whole outlook of the game. A positive performance against Liverpool in the Europa League on Thursday would be a step in the right direction for Mata in terms of making up for the error.