Mata throws fresh challenge at Man United after title loss

EPL By: Ambrose Udeme | 16/04/2018

Juan Mata believes Manchester United still have lots to play for this season after Man City's Premier League title win was confirmed in the most disappointing of circumstances on Sunday.

Speaking after the 1-0 defeat to West Brom at Old Trafford, Mata insisted the team will fight to progress past Tottenham Hotspur in the Emirates FA Cup semi-final next weekend.

A scorer in the final in the last success in the competition for the Reds, in 2016, the Spanish midfielder is also determined to ensure the Reds remain in second spot in the table.

"Second position was not done before the game. It was not done even if we won. It is even more important for the next games and we know we have to compete until the last week. It’s been a long season but we need to make sure we can compete until the end, that we keep that second position and we fight for being in another FA Cup final and try to win it.

"It's the FA Cup, we all know how important it is. And then to get second in the league which is not the ideal position, but it’s the position we want to finish now.

"We are frustrated ourselves with the performance and what we have to do is, from tomorrow, think about the next game and keep going, because we have very important weeks ahead.

"It’s one of those days that we didn’t play good enough and we tried to create some chances in the first half and in the beginning of the second, but we didn’t play quickly enough. We made life quite difficult for ourselves so we are all frustrated, and we understand the frustration of the fans." The Spaniard told MUTV.

Albion secured the win thanks to a Jay Rodriguez header from Chris Brunt's corner as the home side failed to clear their lines. The result saw Manchester City crowned Premier League champions, as they lead second-placed United by 16 points with five games each to play.

Manchester United visit Bournemouth in the Premier League for a 19:45 kick-off on Wednesday before an FA Cup semi-final against Tottenham at Wembley on Saturday.