Romelu Lukaku scored the one objective of the sport to hand United a very important 1-zero victory towards Southampton on Saturday to stay alongside of Manchester City on the most sensible of the desk.
While United took regulate within the first part, with Lukaku’s objective coming within the 20th minute, it was once some distance from simple crusing for the second one 45 mins.
Southampton piled at the power on the lookout for an equaliser with Marouane Fellaini desiring to transparent Oriol Romeu’s header off the road.
But Mata drew parallels with how Southampton will have to have felt with United’s marketing campaign remaining yr once they drew 15 video games.
“The truth is they didn’t deserve to lose but football is like that sometimes,” Mata wrote on his non-public weblog.
“We know a few issues about it, since we were in the similar state of affairs a number of occasions remaining season.
“It was once no longer our very best recreation, that’s needless to say, however happily we controlled to get the 3 issues.
“This more or less video games could make the adaptation between attaining the tip of the season with a possibility to combat for the name or no longer. We did a just right paintings defensively and that was once the important thing to win.
“The 3 issues stay us up within the desk and with a top stage of self belief, however that’s the previous already. The time table doesn’t permit for a ruin and we’re now centered at the Champions League.
He added: “After successful the primary recreation within the staff level it could be nice to do the similar in this sort of most sensible conflict.”