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Despite going down 2-0 to Liverpool at Anfield in the first-leg of their Europa League tie, the Red Devils captain believes his team can progress

Juan Mata has insisted that Manchester United will not give up on their Europa League tie with Liverpool , despite losing to their Premier League counterparts 2-0 in the first leg at Anfield.

Goals from Daniel Sturridge and Roberto Firmino saw Louis Van Gaal’s side slump to defeat in what was a limp performance from the Red Devils, but Mata – who captained United at Anfield - insists the team's never-say-die attitude means they can still progress.

"We never give up,” Mata told United's official website. "We will try to start from the first minute and try to score.

"Last season I think we beat them 3-0, so we can do it. It's going to be tough because they are a good team with a good manager, but we could do it with our fans at home."

It could have been worse for Louis van Gaal's side had Spain goalkeeper David De Gea not made a string of top-class saves to ensure United still have the opportunity to salvage matters at Old Trafford next week.

Attacking midfielder Mata praised his compatriot, but urged United to learn quickly from the poor performance.

"David was very good as always and that’s not a very good sign for us because it means that they had even more chances to score,” Mata added.

"We need to move on, we need to learn from this game and we need to come back next week stronger."

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