Fans are meant to be the 12th man for most teams, as they play a key role in motivating the team to play better, brighter and with more energy. Their passion drives the team on and helps them reach new heights.
If they can play such an instrumental role as a motivator, then they definitely can be the opposite as well if you get on their bad side.
Juan Mata is one of football’s friendliest faces. A player you just can’t hate, with an incredible gift to turn a game on its head on the pitch, while also being a fantastic person off it. Wherever he has played, his club’s fans have adored him. That was up until the 1-0 win over Brighton, at least.
The Spaniard has been superb for the club since he signed in January 2014, but at the age of 29, he seems to be slowing down already. Fans cannot stand players who are out of form – as seen with Henrikh Mkhitaryan at the moment – and Mata seems to be feeling the full force of it on social media.
The attacking midfielder put in a tepid display for United against the Seagulls, and the fans were not having one bit of it.
Having been given a chance to start ahead of the beleaguered Mkhitaryan, Mata was woeful, and the Old Trafford faithful were all over him on Twitter, claiming that he was finished, and should leave the club in the summer.
Here are some of the most brutal reactions:
Mata is a part-time footballer, full-time blogger. He's well and truly finished.
— Öliver. (@UtdOliver) November 25, 2017
Mata even shoots like a blogger.
— RG⁶ (@registability) November 25, 2017
Mata's time is done at United
— Baba BliN™ (@OluwaBliN) November 25, 2017
Mata is yuck. Give Özil everything, I’m tired of shit No.10s
— The battery disturbing economy ruiner (@MrScripto) November 25, 2017
Mata has done next to nothing this season #ManUtd
— HumeanBoxing (@HumeanBoxing) November 25, 2017
Juan Mata is finished. Pace of the game is too much for him. He plays at testimonial pace. Cmon Zlatan!
— Andy O'Neill (@andyoneill26) November 25, 2017
Manchester United fan, Wayne Rooney is his role model. Passionate writer who has written for several sites in the past. He’s also an aspiring pianist and creates background music for BlameFootball’s Youtube channel.