Spain midfielder has claimed that everyone likes it when Manchester United loses games in a candid interview with the Independent.
The midfielder who signed a new deal before the start of the season is on his seventh season as a United player and is well aware of the pressure that comes with wearing our shirt.
Speaking to The Telegraph, Mata has discussed how the media and rival fans are obsessed with this club, and how the pleasure that others take in us losing inspires the players even more to win.
“You journalists speak more about United than other clubs, right? That’s something I realized from the first moment. If you see pundits on TV – a lot of ex-Man Unitedplayers. If you see the newspapers there is always something on Man United.
“Even if it is a small story it is bigger because it’s Manchester United. The level of repercussion is crazy which makes you think even more on how united we have to be with the fans, club, players because you have that sense that everyone who does not support United is happy when United loses. That’s a fact.
“Everyone wants us to do bad which has to make us stick together even more and get that feeling that we are back,” Mata said.
The midfielder who came on in United’s 1-1 draw against Wolves on Monday will hope he can be given a starting berth when they host Crystal Palace on Saturday at Old Trafford.