Juan Mata reveals mentality of Man United teammates during COVID-19 shutdown

Juan Mata says he and his Manchester United teammates are ‘coping okay’ during the coronavirus pandemic.

The number of people to die in the UK after contracting COVID-19 rose to 233 on Saturday, with the death toll passing 12,000 worldwide.

The virus has cast huge uncertainty over when we will finally see football eventually return, and how the season will be concluded.

It has been announced by the Football Association this week that the Premier League won’t return until April 30th. But this seems an extremely optimistic date given the speed at which COVID-19 is spreading.

Pubs, bars and restaurants and now all shut after PM Boris Johnson’s orders on Friday, with other non-essential shops also closing.

The postponement of football leaves players in the dark and lacking clarity, but United midfielder Mata says the Reds are doing what they can in the absence of first-team training at Carrington.

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“We are coping okay. We are obviously in the house, trying to get fit, trying to train however we can, doing some exercise in the house and trying to stay fit, patient and calm,” Mata said in a club video call, as quoted by Goal.

“Being patient and calm is the only thing we can do now. We have to wait and trust the experts until we can play football again.”

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These are challenging times for all and football will be welcomed back with open arms when COVID-19 is combated.

A break in the action has come at the worst possible time for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, with his side unbeaten in eleven games heading towards a crucial part of the season.

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