Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata has called on his teammates to ‘give everything for this shirt’ ahead of Wednesday nights derby meeting with Man City at Old Trafford.
After initially enjoying a superb run of results when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was installed as caretaker boss back in December, United’s form has dipped alarmingly in recent weeks.
United have now lost seven of their last nine games, and yesterday’s humiliating 4-0 defeat to Everton is being described by many as the worst performance since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013.
The fallout from yesterday’s sorry capitulation at Goodison Park has seen fans and pundits question whether many of the current squad even care about playing for the 20-time league champions.
In reaction, Juan Mata has issued a thank you to Manchester United’s fans for their support and called on his teammates to show some pride in playing for the club they represent.
‘Today I truly have no motivation to write anything,’ Mata wrote in his weekly blog.
‘I can only imagine the disappointment and sadness that each of you have been feeling since Tuesday, and I understand.
‘Thank you for your unconditional support, there is only one way forward but just words aren’t enough: to give everything for this shirt, for this club and for all of you.’