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Manchester United's Juan Mata: 'Mourning our defeat to Sunderland is useless'

Juan Mata of Manchester United on the ball during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Sunderland at Old Trafford on September 26, 2015 in Manchester, United Kingdom.
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Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata says that "mourning" the team's defeat to Sunderland is "useless".

Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata has claimed that "mourning" the team's defeat to Sunderland is "useless".

Louis van Gaal's side suffered a dent to their hopes of claiming a Champions League spot when they lost 2-1 to the Black Cats on Saturday.

United currently sit fifth in the Premier League table, six points behind fourth-placed Manchester City.

In his weekly blog, Mata wrote: "The team was performing well in the previous weeks and it hurts not to have the consistency that you need to shorten the gap with the teams standing ahead of us in the table. Even more this weekend when they were facing each other.

"It's a message that we have repeated before this season, but the truth is that the only way to get to a better position is by working hard for the next game. There is no other way. Mourning is useless now; besides, there are still many games to play and many things can happen this season."

Meanwhile, reports have claimed that La Liga side Atletico Madrid are due to open talks with Mata regarding a summer transfer.

Juan Mata of Manchester United celebrates scoring his team's second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and West Bromwich Albion at Old Trafford on November 7, 2015 in Manchester, England.
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