Manchester United’s Juan Mata expressed his unhappiness at the way the team played their passes, opting to continuously use the long route despite seeing it fail time and time again, Daily Mail reports.
The 0-0 draw against Burnley meant Louis van Gaal has only picked up two points from his last three games as he is yet to see any spark of brilliance that was showcased during pre-season.
Although record signing Angel Di Maria played as part of a midfield trio alongside Darren Fletcher and Mata, their link up with strikers Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney was considered well under par.
United kept throwing long balls forward, much to the delight of their opponents, who easily cleared their defensive lines, with the Spanish playmaker later voicing his opinions over their style of play.
“Maybe in the build-up [there were confidence issues] as we were trying to build up from the back but sometimes we didn’t do it well,” the Spaniard told MUTV.
“We played most of the time in their half which is good but, if you don’t score from these chances, then it’s not good enough.
“I believe, when we try to play football in the last third, we can create but we played too many long balls in the first half which is maybe why we didn’t play as well.”