Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata has urged his team-mates to show unity as they look to respond to their shock 2-1 loss against Huddersfield at the weekend.
KICKOFF - Staff Reporter
The Red Devils saw their undefeated start to the Premier League season come to an end on Saturday as they stumbled to their first loss in nine games, leaving them five points off the pace of leaders Manchester City.
United are next in action against Swansea City in the Carabao Cup fourth round this evening before returning to top-flight action at home against joint-second Tottenham, and Mata is hoping for a quick response from the squad.
"We knew this moment would arrive sooner or later, although that's something you never wish for, of course,” Mata said on his official blog.
"Now, it's time to learn from mistakes and keep going, as we always do, showing that the team sticks together when things don't go so well, which is when we need it most.
"Since the European Super Cup defeat last summer, we've been performing really well against all kind of opponents. On Saturday, though, Huddersfield played their cards better than us and took all three points. All we can do now is congratulate them and move on. This is a not a sprint, but a marathon and there is still a long way to go.
"Let's not forget that, before that game, we had got a good win in Lisbon. We beat a very good side in Benfica, a team with plenty of Champions League experience."