Manchester United playmaker Juan Mata did not have a dream return to Stamford Bridge with his side losing to a single goal from Chelsea star Eden Hazard.
The Red Devils incredibly boasted over 70% possession and recorded over double the efforts on goal than their title leading opposition, but Louis van Gaal’s side were beaten by a tactical masterclass from the Blues boss.
In his weekly blog piece, the Spaniard wrote how ‘proud’ he felt after his team’s dominant display against the Premier League leaders, but he also congratulated his former club ‘for the title they are about to win’.
‘It was really moving to feel the people’s respect and affection, and I will always be grateful for that.
‘I thank them for such affection and I congratulate them for the title they are about to win, because it’s almost done.
‘It was nice to meet them and chat with them after the game, and also the club’s staff, doctors, physios, etc., and feel their respect and friendship. Thanks to all and congratulations.’
Nonetheless, the 27-year-old also wrote of his immense feeling of pride, despite the defeat, at Manchester United’s dominant display over Mourinho’s men on their home turf.
‘I was angry about the defeat, I was thrilled after seeing some old friends, but especially I was proud.
‘I felt proud of the game the team had played, keeping the ball possession, controlling the game and creating chances to score, and all this at Stamford Bridge against the leader’.
‘As our manager said after the game, we were loyal to our football idea, and despite the score didn’t show that, if we keep playing like this there will be many more wins than defeats, I’m pretty sure of that.’
The Old Trafford faithful have almost been overwhelmed with disappointment since the arrival of the Dutchman in the managerial hot-seat, as well as the poor form of his blockbuster summer signings. However, their resurgent form in the second half of the season looks set to see the club return to the Champions League next season, and their commanding display over Chelsea could be just the confidence boost needed.