Juan Mata took to his blog on Monday to put Saturday’s loss to Southampton into context and express his desire to lift the FA Cup.
Along with a great deal of puckering up to the fans, the Manchester United midfielder admits feeling stung by Charlie Austin‘s late goal, saying, “It hurts, it really does.”
But he’s also quick to remind the angry Old Trafford faithful that the loss was the first in weeks, one he hopes merely halted their rise up the table.
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And he also says they’ll begin to set things right on Friday with a fourth round FA Cup match-up at Derby.
We must get better results for you, I hope this beautiful competition will provide them. We play against Derby County, a historical team in England; they got great results especially in the seventies. But as I said, I hope we can make a good game, get through the next round and start another good run of results.
I thank you for your support in the bad times, and I assure you that our only goal is to do things much better to move up the table in the Premier League and try to lift the FA Cup.
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It reads a little too dramatic — this isn’t a love letter from the battlefields — but we wish more players would open up blogs.
And if Mata really wants to endear himself to fans, an FA Cup win would really do the trick. United hasn’t been to a final since 2007, and hasn’t won the thing since its 11th title in 2004. Last year, Arsenal passed the Red Devils as the team to most often lift the cup.