Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Mata: We Can't Afford to Mourn Defeat in the Derby

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Mata: We Can't Afford to Mourn Defeat in the Derby

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UNITED must not 'mourn' their painful derby defeat with a demanding Europa League trip to Feyenoord on Thursday.

That is the message from Juan Mata, who missed the 2-1 defeat at Old Trafford.

Jose Mourinho's 100 per cent start to the Premier League season was ended by a dominant City side on Saturday, and now Mata insists the Reds have to put the game behind them. We have suffered the first defeat of the season and, after the initial disappointment, I think there is no time for mourning," Mata said.

"On the contrary, it's time to analyse the aspects of our game that we need to improve, and carry on with hope and motivation.

"It was an important game, but let's be realistic: the season has just started and there is still a long way to go. …

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