Reflecting upon Man United’s disappointing 2021-22 season, Juan Mata told The Athletic: “It’s clear that on the pitch, we have made many mistakes.
“We could have also dealt better with certain situations that were happening in the club, managers changing, negative things. I think at the end of the day we let that maybe affect too much the energy of Carrington.
“Certain standards were not met. Whether that’s attitude, level of training, off the pitch, which doesn’t include players, I think we all agree, if we are completely honest and speak with certain people at the club, we haven’t been good enough.
“And so that’s where I think we could learn. Also, there were certain things that were out of our control, which we shouldn’t let affect us.
“Naturally you feel that way when you can see certain things are not good enough. But we shouldn’t have let things happen.
“Many circumstances can affect certain behaviors. If you don’t have a solid base, when bad things come, it is difficult to stay all together.
“This club needs first-class individuals for each department. Anyone who doesn’t meet those standards should not be here.”
Mata has also given a slight hint that he might stay at Old Trafford next season after having talks with Erik ten Hag.
The Spaniard is in line to feature in United’s final game of the season against Crystal Palace, which they have to win to ensure a place in the UEFA Europa League next season.