Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata has claimed that he takes “responsibility” for getting sent off during Sunday’s defeat to West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns.
Mata was red carded for the first time in almost 500 senior games after picking up two bookings in the space of three first-half minutes during United’s defeat at West Brom on Sunday.
Salomon Rondon scored a second-half victor to move West Brom onto 39 points and boss Tony Pulis believes the striker and Saido Berahino are forming a fine partnership.
The Red Devils are now two points behind fifth-placed West Ham United, who are in great form at the moment, and three points behind cross-town rivals Manchester City, who also have a game in hand.
His first yellow was given for foolishly preventing Darren Fletcher from taking a quick free-kick, and his second came nearly immediately for an equally needless and cynical trip on the same player.
“(But) as a player you have to know also when you have a yellow card that you have to take care of that”.
“I don’t want to say we deserved to win, but we didn’t deserve to lose when you compare the chances West Brom had to ours”.
“It was in my opinion an unnecessary loss, we don’t deserve to lose. As you can imagine, it’s not easy for me to write these lines“, Spain midfielder Mata wrote on his blog.
His first Premier League red card proved costly as the Baggies took full advantage of playing against 10 men.
The captain went on to discuss the importance of his teammates turning their attentions towards the next match, Liverpool in the Europa League, and how the club still has a lot left to play for this season.
“As you’ve seen this year, results have been off the radar (in the Premier League)”, Pulis said.
Van Gaal added: “When you have to play 60 minutes with 10 players, I don’t think we were so uncomfortable. Let’s get 40 points, I think that’s definitely safe”. He said: ‘None, that is the first.’ I assumed that already.
Yet Juergen Klopp’s men kept pressing and their perseverance paid off when Palace goalkeeper Alex McCarthy lost his footing and scuffed a clearance straight to Roberto Firmino, who fired it past him for the equaliser on 72 minutes.