Juan Mata has expressed his dejection in his weekly blog following Manchester United’s 3-2 defeat to Brighton and Hove Albion on Sunday.

Jose Mourinho’s men fell apart at the back in the first half, conceding twice in two minutes as Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof failed to cope with Brighton’s physicality.

Romelu Lukaku pulled a goal back but Bailly, enduring one of his worst performances in a Man United shirt, gave away a penalty before half time to restore Brighton’s two goal lead.

Writing in his weekly blog, Mata admitted that United were simply not good enough at the Amex Stadium yesterday afternoon.

“Without doubt, it wasn’t a good Sunday and the motivation to write something isn’t really there,” he wrote.

“The journey back from Brighton was tough, as you can all imagine. Both for us and for everyone that was there to support us. Although things have only just begun and there is a long way to go, it always hurts to lose. A lot.

“We made mistakes and they penalised us for them. We have to pick ourselves back up, improve and be positive, because there’s plenty still to come and feeling sorry for ourselves isn’t going to help anyone.”

Perhaps the most astounding thing for supporters as the game went on, descending further and further into misery and pointlessness, was the total lack of any plan on how to break down Brighton. There was not even the suggestion of a plan from Mourinho’s side.

It left many wondering just what exactly United did in training all week. They treated the ball as if it were a terrifying foreign object; it looked like they had all met just yesterday as opposed to spending three summers to work out a style.

There was nothing on display from United. A whole load of inexplicable nothing. It was a performance devoid of identify from a team whose coach seems to have no idea over how to evolve this squad on a tactical level.




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Leo Nieboer