Spanish midfielder Juan Mata has revealed that the club’s 7th place finish in the league with no trophies to show for was quite embarrassing to him.
Speaking to United’s official website, he said: “We were in seventh position in the league, a position Manchester United should never be in.
“I was like I’m going to wave and they’re going to boos us and insult us, like they should feel. I come from Spain and know things turn difficult when a team is not performing.
“I didn’t want to look at the people, just in case. I was embarrassed.”
The Spaniard also talked about the fans reaction:
“About halfway [around the pitch], I realised they were clapping and singing, encouraging us and saying it doesn’t matter, it’s next season. This is incredible.
“It was unbelievable to have such fans behind you. You’re seventh in the league with Manchester United, having been winners the year before with Sir Alex Ferguson, but they don’t lose patience. They say: ‘keep going, it doesn’t matter’.
“It got me a bit emotional because I didn’t expect it. I’d never experienced this before in Spain.”
Mata has clearly become a fan favourite ever since moving from Chelsea, with his kind-hearted personality making the fans love him.
The Spaniard has so far scored 48 goals and assisted 42 times in 248 appearances for the club since joining from rivals Chelsea.