Juan Mata was booked twice after some foolish acts against West Brom, which resulted in a 1-0 loss for his side on Sunday afternoon. The former defender-turned-pundit Jamie Carragher was quick to criticize the Spaniard.
The 27-year-old, who had been the hero in midweek against Watford when he scored an important winner, became the major cause of Manchester United’s loss against West Brom today.
The Spanish international was sent off in the 26th minute at The Hawthorns after getting booked twice within three minutes.
Sebastien Pocognoli’s left-wing cross was converted into the only goal of the game by Salomon Rondon in the 66th minute.
Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher said: “It maybe wasn’t a great decision for [Chris] Smalling to step out but [Matteo] Darmian has his back to the ball. He should fill in as Smalling goes out. He’s so obsessed with (Stephane) Sessegnon. He should clear, and maybe Daley Blind should be tighter to the ball, but he’s not watching the ball!
“It’s stupid [from Mata] and you don’t normally expect that from him. I can’t think what he thinks. He’s always going to get a yellow card [for blocking the quick free-kick]. It’s so unlike him.
“He knows with the second one. He’s trying to pull his leg away as he’s halfway through it. You can’t help but like Juan Mata.”
Some twitter reactions:
You are an attacking midfielder, and you got booked twice in 25 minutes.
How stupid are you? You are Juan Mata stupid.
— Fouad (@FouadAFC) March 6, 2016
Juan Mata's tackling is as bad as his bowling… pic.twitter.com/NFY0bQdZJa
— JOE.co.uk (@JOE_co_uk) March 6, 2016
World’s nicest man
— Bleacher Report UK (@br_uk) March 6, 2016
Juan Mata is the last player you would ever expect to get sent off.
— Diarmuid Gillingham (@Diarmuid_mufc) March 6, 2016
I've seen lazy challenges, dumb challenges, and dirty challenges. I've never before seen a challenge that maxed out all three.
— Michael Caley (@MC_of_A) March 6, 2016
What a stupid red card that was from Juan Mata. Both yellows completely unnecessary.
— The Peoples Person (@PeoplesPerson_) March 6, 2016
You can't send off Juan Mata he's such a nice guy, look what Van Gaals done to him made him a thug!
— ℓ3ahpar (@l3ahpar) March 6, 2016
Juan Mata got a red card in the Premier League before Diego Costa pic.twitter.com/bF3eIaLhte
— TweetChelsea (@TweetChelseaCF) March 6, 2016
Juan Mata on his blog tomorrow: "Apologies for the red card, next week I will try harder, Hugs."
— Aidan Walsh (@AidanMUFC_) March 6, 2016
RED CARD! Juan Mata sent off pic.twitter.com/UHLd3d8jp0
— Eurosport UK (@Eurosport_UK) March 6, 2016
Juan Mata red card. Maybe he's been told Jose Mourinho is coming finally?
— Hashbrown (@hesham786) March 6, 2016