Manchester United fans were right to be pleased with Juan Mata after their narrow win over a stubborn Wolves side.
The playmaking Spaniard hasn’t been an often used player by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer this season but has recently found himself in the starting XI.
Mata has certainly made the most of his recent appearances, grabbing two assists vs Norwich last time out and scoring United’s only goal vs Wolves this time around.
Solskjaer is believed to have been wanting more competition in his squad so it’s good the veteran midfielder is giving him a selection headache.
Some supporters believe Mata’s improved form is mostly down to rumours of the Red Devils’ interest in signing Sporting Lisbon’s Bruno Fernandes.
Juan Mata MOTM.
— UnitedReds (@UnitedRedscom) January 15, 2020
Juan Mata turning back into prime 2012/13 El Mago amidst Bruno Fernandes speculation you absolutely love to see it
— Josh (@UtdJL) January 15, 2020
Juan Mata's goal. 🇾🇪
Like a fine wine. gets better with age. 👌
— UTFR 🇾🇪 (@ManUtd_HQ) January 15, 2020
First time we’ve beaten Wolves since 2012 thank you Juan Mata❤️ pic.twitter.com/SbsbkKoHSk
— Tяυsτ №¹-Yahya™ (@RealistYahz) January 15, 2020
Whatever his motivations are, Manchester United should continue to exploit Mata’s good form and it’s likely becoming difficult to consider dropping him for the clash vs Liverpool.
Solskjaer’s reliance on pace has seen him rarely use the former Chelsea man fully, particularly as an attacking-midfielder despite consistently using a 4-2-3-1 formation.
Either way, United are a side lacking creativity so Mata’s upturn in performances is welcome, particularly at what can be considered as a difficult or tough time.