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Juan Mata: 'Manchester United cannot accept recent form'

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The Red Devils were held to a frustrating draw at Southampton on Saturday.
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Juan Mata is frustrated that Manchester United keep falling short due to a lack of killer instinct.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men started the season with a thumping 4-0 win against Chelsea, but things have gone awry in front of goal since then.

United blew the chance to win at Wolves and that 1-1 draw was followed by a chastening 2-1 home loss to Crystal Palace last weekend.

Southampton's Jannik Vestergaard brought United down to earth (Mark Kerton/PA)

Saturday's trip to Southampton was another winless match for the Reds, who saw Daniel James' brilliant opener cancelled out by Jannik Vestergaard.

Even Kevin Danso's second-half dismissal for the hosts could not inspire United, who have five points from their opening four matches following that 1-1 draw.

"Two points dropped," attacking midfielder Mata said. "We were expecting Southampton (to have) some chances and play some good football for some moments.

"I think we have to come to these kind of games and win and come back to Manchester with three points or the feeling is frustration and two points dropped again.

"(It was a) very good goal, a fantastic finish," Mata told MUTV. "He's a very hard-working player.

"He gave us a lot on the wing and even in the second half when everyone was a bit tired, he was still sprinting and giving very dangerous crosses.

"(I'm) very happy for him and hopefully he can do it many more times.

"Football is easier right, if you are that quick? He takes advantage of that.

Daniel James applauds the fans at St Mary's (Mark Kerton/PA)

"He goes one against one and it's very difficult for a defender to take the ball off him. We need to use him even more."

Saints rode their luck at times but defended well on the whole, with Vestergaard impressing at the back and scoring an impressive leveller.

"We're very happy with a point," the centre-back said. "I think we deserved it already against Liverpool, when we didn't get it, but today we were rewarded for the hard work we put in.

"It was our game plan to go out there and shake them a little bit – make them uneasy – because when they get comfortable, they're obviously very good and have world-class players."

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1Liverpool88002061424
2Manchester CityMan City85122791816
3Arsenal84311311215
4Leicester CityLeicester8422147714
5Chelsea84221814414
6Crystal Palace842288014
7Burnley8332119212
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9Tottenham HotspurSpurs83231412211
10Bournemouth83231313011
11Wolverhampton WanderersWolves82421111010
12Manchester UnitedMan Utd82339819
13Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd82337709
14Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton8233810-29
15Aston Villa8224131218
16Newcastle UnitedNewcastle8224513-88
17Southampton8215815-77
18Everton8215613-77
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20Watford8035420-163
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