Mata reflects on strange ending

Juan Mata says Manchester United’s rearranged clash with Bournemouth on Tuesday will be a “bittersweet” way to end the season.

Man United: Mata reflects on strange endingMan United: Mata reflects on strange ending

United will close their campaign at Old Trafford on Tuesday after the original game was postponed on Sunday because of a security scare.

The suspect package turned out to be a training device mistakenly left in the stadium and it means Louis van Gaal’s men and the Cherries finish the season later than everyone else in the Premier League.

The home side know they cannot now qualify for the Champions League with fifth place the best they can achieve following rivals Manchester City’s draw at Swansea.

Mata said on the club’s website: “We will have to close the Premier League season on Tuesday. It’s going to be a bittersweet farewell to Old Trafford, now that we know we won’t be playing the Champions League next season.

“It leaves us with a bad taste because, even if we enjoyed good moments together throughout the season, we weren’t consistent enough to qualify for the top European competition.

“It’s true that we found many difficulties along the way, especially if we talk about injuries, but Manchester United must be ambitious and always fight for everything.”

He added: “Today, I feel sad because our supporters couldn’t even have a normal last day of the Premier League, but we hope to grab a victory for them before the season expires.”

Punters can use a free bet to back United to end the season with a win ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup Final against Crystal Palace at Wembley.

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