Juan Mata has opened up about Manchester United’s poor season, arguing that they did not live up to the ‘standards’ expected by players.
While their bitter rivals Manchester City and Liverpool battle for the title on the final day of the Premier League season, United are nowhere near a title race.
In fact, the only thing Ralf Rangnick’s team has to play is a 6th place defeat to Brighton 4-0, aside from the pride they have already lost in several embarrassing defeats.
Last summer, when the club was expected to take on Jadon Sancho, Rafael Varane and Cristiano Ronaldo for the top spot, it wasn’t what they expected when the team’s situation forced them to cancel the season. Prize.
Mata, whose contract expires at the end of the current campaign, spills beans telling his fellow players he’s not good enough.
“It is clear that we made a lot of mistakes on the pitch,” the Spanish playmaker said. athlete.
“We could also have been better at dealing with certain circumstances, manager changes and negative things going on at the club. In the end we let it affect Carrington’s energy too much.
“Certain criteria were not met. Attitude, level of training, off the field, not including players, I think we all agree. If we are completely honest and talk to certain people in the club, it is not. It was good enough.
“And I think that’s where we can learn. Also, there were certain things that we couldn’t control, and we shouldn’t let them influence.
“Of course that’s how it feels when you see things aren’t good enough, but we shouldn’t have allowed it to happen.
“Many situations can affect a particular behavior. Without a solid foundation, it’s hard to stay together when bad things happen.”
Fans will probably argue that few players can be saved from criticism except for David de Gea and Ronaldo, but Mata couldn’t say much.
The 34-year-old has made just six league appearances this season and did not start a game against Brentford earlier this month.
It was the team’s last game at Old Trafford for the campaign and was seen as a red card. It wasn’t given to Jesse Lingard that day.
However, Mata also started playing against Brighton, the team’s most recent match, and was able to play against Crystal Palace on Sunday.
The former Chelsea player thinks the club needs a cultural reset. They added that Erik ten Hag “we need a reset of the club culture. That’s how I feel”.
“Standard, what it means to represent this club to all players, to be eligible to play at Manchester United, to be expected on and off the pitch.
“There are a lot of things that need to be clear. This is Manchester United and anyone who doesn’t meet those standards can’t do their job and shouldn’t be here either. It’s as clear as I can.”
It’s hard to agree with him…