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Published: 10:23 | 7/3/16

Mata will learn from dismissal


Juan Mata has vowed to learn from his mistakes after the first red card of his career in the 1-0 defeat to West Brom.

Mata was sent off after just 26 minutes for two yellow cards, with his second coming for a wild swing at former team-mate Darren Fletcher, leaving United to play with ten men for over an hour.

Salomon Rondon's strike was enough for West Brom to take all three points and leave United's hopes of securing a top four finish hanging by a thread.

Mata has taken full responsibility for his sending off and has vowed to move forward and learn from his mistake.

"After almost 500 games as a professional player, this Sunday I was sent off for the first time in my career. As you can imagine, it’s not easy for me to write these lines," Mata wrote in his weekly blog.

"The truth is this is a new and strange situation for me, not easy to assimilate, but we learn from everything. I know that, in football, we see things like this every week, but obviously what hurts more is that my team-mates had to fight with ten men for a long time.

"I have the feeling that both decisions were rigorous; that, in many occasions, we see more serious fouls that are not penalised in such a way, but at the same time I could have avoided them and I take responsibility. It also leaves me with a bad taste for the supporters who travelled to the stadium, and for those who were watching the game from home.

"I must carry on as always and from now on I’m already focused on the next game, the derby against Liverpool in the Europa League.

"In this sport there’s no time for celebrations or moaning, and after last Wednesday’s joy for the win and the goal against Watford, now I have to go through a more bitter experience. That’s the way it is. What matters is to move forward and to always learn from each situation. And so I will."

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