After 24 hours to reflect, Manchester United are probably relatively happy with that point at home to Liverpool.
Injuries disrupted the flow and rhythm of the match as gameplans were thrown straight out of the window during the first half.
It’s tough but I guess it’s all part of the sport, albeit extremely rare to see four players substituted off with problems in the opening 45 minutes.
One of those who had to go off was Juan Mata. The Spaniard had made a bright start to the game, sitting just in behind the two strikers. However, we now know that he suffered a muscular injury, as the ex-Chelsea man gave us all an update on his weekly blog.
“If there is a game that no United players want to miss, it is when we play Liverpool, but you have to accept that injuries are a part of the sport. Luckily, I can’t remember having faced a similar situation in a game and that is after more than 12 years as a professional, it is the first time that a muscular injury has forced me off during a match.” Mata wrote on his personal blog.
“In terms of my own injury problem, I could feel something for a few minutes and I hope that I didn’t make it worse when racing to stop Salah on the counter at attack (I had to do it!). I’m hoping it isn’t anything serious. I will do everything that I can to get back as soon as possible.”
As he says, we all hope it isn’t anything too serious. Right now, with games coming thick and fast, we’re struggling for numbers; particularly in the midfield area, which is massively concerning.
Mata being injured is a rarity. He’s just not that type of player which is always a worry. He must’ve tweaked something when stretching too far, but hopefully, he’s not ruled out of action for too long.
I guess we’ll learn more from the manager during his pre-match press conference in the build-up to the Crystal Palace game, but we’ll have to wait and see on that one.