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Juan Mata admits feeling sorry for themselves will not help Manchester United following their shock defeat to Brighton on Sunday.
United's defence was found wanting during the first half of the Premier League game at the Amex Stadium as Brighton scored twice in two minutes.
While Romelu Lukaku managed to pull one back for the visitors, Brighton's two-goal lead was restored before the interval when Eric Bailly gave away a penalty. A late Paul Pogba penalty got Jose Mourinho's men to within a goal of their hosts but they were unable to find a third as they slumped to their first defeat of the season.
Writing in his weekly blog, One Hour Behind, Mata admitted that United were simply not good enough, saying: "Without doubt, it wasn’t a good Sunday. The journey back from Brighton was tough, as you can all imagine. Both for us and for everyone that was there to support us.
"Although things have only just begun and there is a long way to go, it always hurts to lose. A lot. We made mistakes and they penalised us for them.
"We have to pick ourselves back up, improve and be positive, because there’s plenty still to come and feeling sorry for ourselves isn’t going to help anyone."
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