Manchester United fans delighted with Juan Mata’s performance against Liverpool

by Richard Laverty

Juan Mata produced arguably his best Manchester United performance in the 2-1 win against Liverpool on Sunday.

Excellent from the first whistle to the last, Mata scored a brace at Anfield as Man United wrapped up an important three points. His second strike in particular was one of the goals of the season.

A lot of the pre-match talk focussed on whether or not the returning Angel Di Maria should replace Mata in the starting line-up but Louis van Gaal was more than vindicated in his decision to stick with the same team that beat Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 last week.

Mata latched on to a superb pass from Ander Herrera to slot United in front before grabbing an acrobatic second thanks to a good pass from Di Maria, who had come off the bench. It was a fantastic performance from the Spaniard and one that delighted fans:


Mata was at his classy best throughout the clash and was rightly voted Man of the Match towards the end of the game.

United decided to part with £37m to bring Mata to Old Trafford from Chelsea just over a year ago, which was then a club record. For whatever reason, the 26-year-old hasn’t quite showcased his full ability during his spell at United but Mata looked every bit a world-class player on Sunday.

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