Juan Mata bounced back from a couple of poor performances to score a crucial penalty which put Manchester United on the way to their first win in four.
The goal took Mata to nine in the league, and the first midfielder to hit 10 since Paul Scholes in 2005. Despite three penalty misses from his last four at Chelsea, the Spaniard dispatched his latest effort with ease.
But on top of that, the midfielder looked much more composed, linked play well and was influential when United attacked.
He did give the ball away a few times and was clumsy defensively, but supporters were relieved to see him start influencing the team again.
People will have a go at Mata as he doesn't play as well away from home, but in that period where we were under pressure he was fantastic
— Nat Pillay (@Nat15_3) May 9, 2015
Mata is such a delight to watch. Especially when he links up with Herrera
— The Football Front (@ReviewFootball) May 9, 2015
Mata has been the only player out there who have been good enough for us tbh
— Brown Sheasy (@FletcherLad) May 9, 2015
Mata is just incredible
— Colin (@MUFColin) May 9, 2015
Juan Mata the genius
— Tom Walton (@TomWalton91) May 9, 2015
An absolute joy to watch Mata at times, when we needed a calm head amongst the chaos in the 2nd half he knew how to keep the ball
— Danny (@Dan1el_San) May 9, 2015
— Ed The Red (@EdBateman84) May 9, 2015
Despite up and down performances, nobody can question Mata’s scoring form as he reached 15 Premier League goals for United at Selhurst Park.
With the potential of two rather meaningless games coming up if Chelsea beat Liverpool, players like Mata should really be able to break the shackles against Arsenal next week.