The Louis van Gaal recovery hits another hurdle as Mata sees red in a West Brom 1-0 defeat of Manchester United at The Hawthorns on Super Sunday.
Manchester United failed to contain the Baggies at The Hawthorns. United fell to a narrow and unfortunate 1-0 defeat to West Bromwich Albion after playing for over an hour with 10 men following an unnecessary Juan Mata red card.
Stadium: The Hawthorns . Premier League
West Bromwich Albion
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Juan Mata’s mindless sending off in the first half saw United on the backfoot and the resulting defeat means the Red Devils will miss a chance to put heavy pressure on the top four in the Premier League table.
United were forced to play for 64 minutes a man down after Spanish midfielder, Juan Mata, was shown two yellow cards in nearly a fell swoop. How could that have happened to the Spanish midfielder? Why did Mata see red? And he got the two red cards inside two first-half minutes. The first booking for failing to retreat 10 yards at a Darren Fletcher free-kick and the second for tripping the same man just moments later.
What got into a normally calm Spanish footballer – I wouldn’t know!
It appears that just before the match started Mata started seeing red. I got a call from a friend (a Liverpool fan) who told me that the Mata red card was not a red card for him. Well, he ain’t the referee at The Hawthorns and that failed to assuage my feelings at the time.
United started retreating afterwards and clear-cut chances became few and far between. Despite the Red Devils defending resiliently with 10 men, Salomon Rondon grabbed the decisive goal midway through the second half.
Why did Mata see red?
I was devastated, to say the least . . .
And now, look at the Barclays Premier League table below, with United at no. 6 – wow!
Prior to this encounter, United arrived in the Midlands high on octane confidence after recording four successive wins in all competitions and knew a fifth win would send the team level on points with rivals Manchester City in the race for the top four.
Photo: United defender, Chris Smalling, trying to block a goal from a Baggie
That confidence was evident from the onset as United controlled the frantic early buildup but then, Mata started seeing red.
Photo: Mata sees red!
Whether the referee saw white or blue, he blew his whistle for red and Mata was dismissed.
VAN GAAL ON MATA’S RED CARD
“The first yellow card was stupid and the second, you know you already have one yellow so you have to take into account that you always risk a second. But I think the referee also has to know the person who makes the tackle. Juan Mata never tries to hurt an opponent.”
Well, what can I say . . .
Up MAN U!