Manchester United midfielder Mata: I didn’t deserve red

Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata insists he didn’t deserve his red card in defeat at West Brom.

It is the first time in his career the Spaniard has been sent off, but he was adamant that the referee did not have to take his name.

“I have the feeling that both decisions were rigorous; that, in many occasions, we see more serious fouls that are not penalised in such a way, but at the same time I could have avoided them and I take responsibility.

“In this sport there’s no time for celebrations or moaning, and after last Wednesday’s joy for the win and the goal against Watford, now I have to go through a more bitter experience.”

Mata is desperate to repay those fans he let down at The Hawthorns with a performance against the Reds.

“It also leaves me with a bad taste for the supporters who travelled to the stadium, and for those who were watching the game from home, but I must carry on as always and from now on I’m already focused on the next game, the derby against Liverpool in the Europa League,” Mata added.

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