Writing in his weekly blog, Juan Mata has expressed his disappointment over losing at Swansea, where he came on as a second half sub. With United pressing for a second goal, Mata believed that United were going to leave with all three points, but ended up with nothing.

I honestly think we were close to bringing home the three points, especially because the feelings on the pitch at the start of the second half were good. We played almost all the time in Swansea’s half of the pitch, but we weren’t able to take any chances and we all know that football can be capricious. We were ahead after a great goal from Ander [Herrera] in the first half, but were defeated later on with a lucky goal from [Bafetimbi] Gomis after [Jonjo] Shelvey’s shot.

Sometimes you win games that you don’t deserve to win and other times, and I think this is the case, you just don’t get what you deserve… that’s football!

Now we must stand up again, look ahead and make it up to our fans this weekend at Old Trafford against Sunderland. As I keep saying every week, and now even more, it is vital to win games. Our main rivals don’t slow down and the race for the Champions League spots is closer than ever. We are approaching the most important moment of the season and we must deliver in order to get our goals.