Stop mourning, react to recent slump: Juan Mata tells Man U

| Updated: Aug 23, 2017 11:20 IST

London [England], Sept.20 (ANI): Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata has called on his side to stop mourning their recent slump and start focusing on proving their worth in the upcoming fixtures, following their third successive defeat. The Jose Mourinho-led side crashed to a surprise 1-3 loss at Watford in their Premier League clash on Sunday, having already been beaten at home by local rivals Manchester City the previous weekend and slipping to a Europa League defeat against Feyenoord. "A win doesn't last too long, and it happens the same way with a defeat. You have the chance to make it up soon afterwards. Two more games this week will give us the opportunity to show on the pitch our pride and skills. There's no time for mourning. We must react," the 28-year-old was quoted as saying by United will now face Northampton in their Thursday's EFL Cup tie, followed by a challenging assignment at home to title-holders Leicester in Premier League and Mata believes that this would be a great opportunity for his side to get back to the winning ways if they put in the necessary hard work. "First of all, we visit Northampton Town in the EFL Cup, in our first game of the season in this competition. We are the favourites in this game and we have to deliver, with all due respect to the opponent because, despite being in League One, Northampton Town has already knocked out a Premier League side like West Brom," Mata said. "I'm sure the stadium will be packed and they will try to make things difficult for us. And next weekend we are back to the Premier League, this time at Old Trafford against Leicester," he added. (ANI)