Mata in apology for Man Utd loss

Manchester United playmaker Juan Mata has apologised to the club’s supporters after Sunday’s 5-3 defeat at Leicester City, Sky Sports has reported.

The Spaniard came on as a substitute as Man Utd went 3-1 up before contriving to concede four goals and lose at the King Power Stadium, and was at fault for the goal which put Leicester ahead, as he allowed Ritchie De Laet to dispossess him on the halfway line before Jamie Vardy ran through and scored.

The result ensured that the Red Devils have taken only five points from their opening five Premier League matches, with manager Louis van Gaal criticising his side’s capitulation in his post-match comments.

And Mata, who lost his place in the starting XI to new loan signing Radamel Falcao, has moved to apologise to the travelling fans. He said: “After a whole week waiting for the match I could not imagine a Sunday like this. The way back from Leicester to Manchester on the bus seemed really long. I keep thinking about how we lost a game that was under control.

“It’s really tough to score three goals away and come back home with no points. On our way back to Manchester I was thinking about what had happened and felt so disappointed as all those that came with us to the stadium. Honestly, I feel very sorry that the weekend ended up for our fans in such a sad way.”

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