Juan Mata concerned by Manchester United goal drought
Spaniard wary of losing Champions League spot to Liverpool
May 5th, 2015
Everything appeared to be rosy in the garden of Manchester United after winning the derby against Manchester City, although three straight defeats means that the Red Devils are once again looking over their shoulder.
A failure to score at Stamford Bridge and Goodison Park was replicated against West Brom on Saturday, with Juan Mata concerned by his team’s goals drying up at a critical stage of the season.
A trip to Selhurst Park beckons this weekend, with United four points clear of Liverpool and thankful that the Merseyside club have tailed off in recent weeks, although Mata is taking nothing for granted.
“The weekend wasn’t good for several reasons,” the United playmaker wrote on his blog.
“Obviously the 0-1 at Old Trafford is a tough score for us and we are forced to win as soon as possible: our rivals ahead keep adding points, and also the teams behind are getting closer.
“It’s the tendency of the last few weeks: we have more ball possession than our opponent and create chances but we aren’t able to take them.
“We must focus on being effective because we haven’t scored in the last few games and we can’t afford it any longer. On Saturday we tried until the end but their goalkeeper was brilliant.”
The Spaniard also congratulated his former club on winning the title, saying: “Chelsea are officially the Premier League champions. I had congratulated my former team-mates already and I do it again: you have been the most consistent team this season. I hope the congratulations are to us the next year ;-).”