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Published: 16:03 | 3/10/16

Mata angry at Stoke draw


Juan Mata admits he is 'angry' at Manchester United's failure to beat Stoke but believes they are on the right path.

United dominated for large periods of the game at Old Trafford and deservedly took the lead through an Anthony Martial goal in the 69th minute only for Joe Allen to equalise for the Potters with eight minutes remaining.

Manager Jose Mourinho felt it was his side's best performance of the season and Mata believes they will get good results if they 'keep playing like this'.

"As I’m writing this I’m feeling angry because the team played really well but we didn’t win… We drew against Stoke, as you know, and I feel that we were very close to getting the third win in eight days," Mata wrote in his weekly blog.

"It was a pity, that’s the truth. My perception from the pitch was that we were playing a good game, creating chances, passing the ball effectively, but we couldn’t complete our job. We have to take the positive aspects and know that if we keep playing like this, we will definitely get good results.

"After a bad week with several defeats we did what we had to do: stand up and keep working hard to change that. We got to the next round in the EFL Cup, had a solid win against Leicester and defeated Zorya with work and experience. Against Stoke, the team was full of confidence and we wanted to keep the good streak. We did it in terms of football and the way we played, but not in the score.

Goalkeeper Lee Grant kept Stoke in the game and Mata has paid tribute to the on-loan shotstopper.

"We went for the victory since the beginning, we were better than Stoke and we felt that Old Trafford was supporting our effort. In the first half, we were very close to getting a goal several times. We have to give credit to Grant for his great performance. In the second half we finally opened the score with a very nice goal from Martial, but in the last few minutes they took advantage of a good play to tie the game. We gave everything until the end but we were unable to get those three points that were so important and that (with all due respect to our rival) I think we deserved," he said.

"With only one point instead of three we are not in the best mood to take the international break, but we are aware that, at our level, everything is possible this season. We have five games in October that are very important and we will give our best to make it a good month. Manchester United has always had challenges and the one we have this season is still there."

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