Mata, operating in the No.10 position, was a creative spark for Man United against the Black Cats.
The Spaniard had a hand in United’s equaliser as his shot was spilled by Sunderland’s Vito Mannone before Anthony Martial chipped home. It was a disappointing afternoon for United as Sunderland scored late on but supporters were pleased with what they saw from Mata:
I've often criticised Mata's performances when playing no.10 but he's been exceptional there in the past few games
— jb8521 (@jb_8521) February 13, 2016
Mata pulling the strings in no 10 role. Very good to see. Will be even better when we get more pace out wide and up front
— James (@writtenoff_mufc) February 13, 2016
Best performance I have seen from Juan Mata in recent times.
— Papi (@MrAisagbonhi) February 13, 2016
Juan Mata is instrumental when he's playing the number 10 role.
— Myles 🔰 (@MylesLakey) February 13, 2016
Juan Mata is class👊👌
— TG (@TommyGormanMUFC) February 13, 2016
Juan Mata has been excellent.
— Treble is not easy (@UnitedMike10) February 13, 2016
Juan Mata having a good game.
— McDub (@ItsEmmelex) February 13, 2016
While Mata did well against Sunderland, his job is to win games for United and he failed to do that at the Stadium of Light.
United have been left with an uphill task to finish in the top four of the Premier League and missing out is now a real possibility.
It remains to be seen what the club will do with Louis van Gaal. You get the sense that change needs to happen and now.