Juan Mata Had to Explain He Was Cup-Tied to Manchester United Fans Blaming Moyes

Mark PattersonUK Staff WriterMarch 20, 2014

Manchester United's Juan Mata trains with teammates at Carrington training ground in Manchester, Tuesday, March 18, 2014. Manchester United will play Olympiakos in a Champions League last 16 second leg soccer match on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Jon Super)
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David Moyes led Manchester United to a 3-0 victory over Olympiakos in Wednesday night's Champions League clash, ensuring that the Red Devils booked a place in the quarter-finals, but the Scot was already being blamed before the match for not selecting Juan Mata.

Leaving out the Spaniard, of course, was not unreasonable given that he was cup-tied and therefore wholly ineligible to play—something that he had to explain to fans himself online during the evening:

I'm cup tied so won't be able to play tonight... But i will be in Old Trafford supporting my teammates! We can do it! @ManUtd

— Juan Mata García (@juanmata8) March 19, 2014

But some supporters really had been getting angry about Moyes not fielding Mata. Jamie Sanderson, writing for the Metro, recorded some sample tweets:

Credit: Twitter

Perhaps reaching the last eight of Europe's elite competition will buy the Manchester United boss a little more time and patience.