Juan Mata has admitted that Manchester United should have won the game against Aston Villa after playing the last half an hour with 10 men as Gabriel Agbonlahor was sent off for a serious looking challenge on Ashley Young.
United’s run of six wins in a row was brought to a halt by a resolute Villa defence as Louis van Gaal’s men dominated the game without seriously threatening the home side.
“Our goal is to finish the year in the best possible way: with two more victories. Against Aston Villa, we couldn’t get our seventh win in a row,” Mata wrote on his blog.
“It was a complicated game. They scored first, a great goal from Christian Benteke and didn’t leave much space for us to come back.
“We were able to tie the game thanks to Radamel Falcao’s header – I’m very happy for him, I think he deserved it because he works hard every day and, at the end of the game, despite Aston Villa playing with 10 men, we couldn’t score the second goal.
“Villa Park is a tough stadium for every team, although United must try to win always, in every place. We should have taken more advantage of those minutes after the red card, but they defended well and even tried the counter-attack.”