There is no question that Juan Mata is one of football’s good guys. While many are not switched on to life off the field, the same cannot be said for the Spanish attacker.
The 29-year-old is also a hugely popular figure with the Manchester United supporters, but he has been heavily criticised for his performance against Huddersfield Town at the weekend.
It was the Spaniard that lost possession in the build-up to Huddersfield’s first goal, while the attacker struggled to make his mark in the final third as United suffered their first Premier League defeat of the season.
He was far from the worst player on the field, however, with a number of his teammates putting in their poorest performances of the campaign.
Mata, who is valued at £27m by transfermarkt.co.uk, provided his weekly blog on Monday, where he insisted that United would learn from their mistakes against Huddersfield, starting with a trip to Swansea City in the EFL Cup on Tuesday night.
However, a number of the United supporters were unimpressed with the attacker’s comments, claiming that he should solely focus on improving his own performances.
A selection of the Twitter reaction can be found below:
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) October 23, 2017
Do us a favour Juan and sit on the bench for a few weeks.
— Kyle Quinn (@QuinnKyle182) October 23, 2017
if only we could actually grow a pair
— house is bitchin’ (@TheCalumLim) October 23, 2017
Blog merchant lol
— Pearl Monteiro (@bebo_pearly) October 23, 2017
will believe it when we see it on the pitch… lack of passion against Huddersfield was an insult to fans
— Manish Pawar (@Manish_S_Pawar) October 23, 2017
You slipped and gave away the ball to that Huddersfield player man! Just make sure you have good balance. Relay the message to the others.
— Himmatt S.??? (@FootyHimmatt7) October 23, 2017
Juan have been saying this kind of things since he come to united so don't fool us, we know u guys don't learn
— Giovanni Ntib (@GNtib) October 23, 2017
What the hell is up with your game? You did'nt go to in'tl during the break yet ur playing like this?
— Denis mucai (@DMucai) October 23, 2017
I just wish footballers would stop talking and actually just play the game…
— Rooi Duiwels (@sassy4life25) October 23, 2017
Shocking display by the players , it looked like you were not bothered and thought it would be a easy day.
— PaulMc1 (@BALYHOLLAND68) October 23, 2017
You were awful @juanmata8, hope you'll come back more productive be t time
— Mwebaze Edward (@aeddieweb) October 23, 2017