The Spaniard started on the right wing and helped Man United completely dominate play as they went 2-0 up early on.
It was a complete turnaround from Man United’s last league game against Arsenal, where they found themselves trailing by three goals at the Emirates Stadium within 20 minutes almost a fortnight ago.
— Juan Mata García (@juanmata8) October 17, 2015
Everton left-back Brendan Galloway was having some success getting forward on his wing and Louis van Gaal admitted after the game that Mata had not picked up an injury.
The 27-year-old had struggled to really impose himself on the game in the first half but it would have been extremely harsh to take him off at the halfway mark because of a poor performance. It is more likely that Lingard was brought on as a more defensively disciplined option to nullify the threat of Arouna Kone and Galloway down the Toffees’ left hand side.
The move seemed to work, as United kept a clean sheet and managed another goal in the second half to finish the job. It was a fantastic performance from the Reds, one Mata will be hoping they can replicate when they visit CSKA Moscow on Wednesday.