Manchester United Football Club were dumped out of the Carabao Cup in disastrous fashion on Wednesday night, as Bristol City scored a last-minute winner to book their place in the semi-finals.
I think you’d have to say that the hosts deserved it. On the night, Jose Mourinho’s players just didn’t perform, and perhaps they got careless due to the level of opposition they were playing; which is always a dangerous game.
In the aftermath of the game, the unused sub on the night, Juan Mata, has explained why the loss was no tragedy, and what he says makes perfect sense.
“When you play for a club like Manchester United every defeat is a massive blow for everyone,” Mata told Sky Sports.
“But we need to understand that defeat is part of sport and part of football and it can happen so it’s not a tragedy.
“It’s not good at all, but we need to move on and accept it as a part of football and keep moving.
“Obviously we would like to win every single game and we would like to try to do so until the end of the season.”
There is more to life than football – heck, just look at the wonderful work that Mata is doing with Common Goal.
Yes, we would have loved to win, but that’s football. The unpredictability of the sport we love is why we don’t stop watching. From now until the end of the season they’ll no doubt be many more ups and downs, but it’s exciting nonetheless.
At the end of the day, we’re still in good shape. Our FA Cup campaign starts soon and we’re into the knockout stages of the Champions League. On top of that, we’re sitting second in the league which is a vast improvement on last season. Sometimes, we have to put things into perspective.