Manchester United’s unbeaten start to the English Premier League season came to a crashing end on Saturday away to top-flight newcomers Huddersfield Town.
In one of the shock results of the season so far, Jose Mourinho’s side looked well below the heights have reached so far this term, conceding goals that were the result of individual errors from the likes of Victor Lindelof and Juan Mata, punished by Huddersfield heroes Aaron Mooy and Laurent Depoitre.
In attack they were mostly toothless too and Mata could not make up for his defensive woes with an accomplished creative performance, angering fans and leaving many wondering what his role in the team is.
The Spaniard has made 11 appearances for the Red Devils so far this season but with just one goal and no assists, he has work to do to make an attacking contribution that will ensure he remains in Mourinho’s starting eleven.
Fans took to Twitter to share their thoughts on his performance…
In my opinion, if United seriously want to challenge City in the coming seasons, they need upgrades to Mata and Mkhitaryan #MUFC
— Kelly Ballard (@theirishmonk) October 22, 2017
I'm not sure who's more overrated by our fans Valencia or Mata? #MUFC
— Sibtain (@sibbysibtain) October 21, 2017
— ♆ pete? ⚪United♆ (@j_fpete) October 21, 2017
Mata was the poorest player on the pitch today, just a foul on Mooy, it would have been a yellow and no goal #MUFC
— realestG (@jubrealguy) October 21, 2017
deserved win for huddersfield today, better in every department. #mufc's attacking players no good, mata, mikha atrocious, need better.
— Omar El Naggar (@NaggarO) October 21, 2017
Mata made the same mistake he made against Leicester City four seasons ago. It was simply unacceptable! #MUFC
— Sir' Vage III (@PsychoticSami) October 21, 2017
I love Mata, but his lack of physique and pace numbed our attack, you can't be a club's no.10 and be bullied by average defenders. #MUFC
— Akshay Jumani (@aj11094) October 21, 2017
Mata is my favorite player on United and I hate nothing more than criticizing him, but man what was he doing today ? #MUFC
— ♡ Hannah (@hannahrootsy) October 21, 2017