Manchester United fans have expressed their delight with Juan Mata‘s performance during Manchester United’s first leg 2-0 win over Hull City in the League Cup semi-final.
The Spaniard, deployed on the right hand side, linked up magnificently with the likes of Paul Pogba, Ander Herrera and Henrikh Mkhitaryan before scoring the crucial opening goal after 56 minutes.
Man United fans were quick to express their approval of the 28-year-old’s performance.
Mata has to start vs Liverpool
— Ogbeni AyLee… (@Mr_Aylee) January 10, 2017
Juan mata will always be a game changer when he steps on the pitch
— tbag (@Tbrazz7) January 10, 2017
Juan Mata scores in important game ngl. He may not be quick or flashy but he's just class
— Nas (@TheAccusedDiver) January 10, 2017
It's impossible to not love Juan Mata. The man is a gentleman.
— Robert Daisley (@Daisleyyy) January 10, 2017
— PATRICIO (@PrateekTweets_U) January 10, 2017
Juan Mata doesn't get enough credit for what he's done since coming to England.
— Marsshutdown (@marsshutdown) January 10, 2017
Marco Silva’s side came into the game at Old Trafford visibly intent on placing bodies behind the ball, minimising the space for Jose Mourinho’s men – keen on deciding the tie prior to the second leg – to exploit.
Such games always call for Mata’s presence. The Spaniard’s craft, poise and superb vision ensured that the home side continued find space in between the lines, allowing for Antonio Valencia to bomb forward and inflict damage.
Indeed, this is exactly how United found an opener: some quick interplay, a ball to Valencia on the right flank, a decent cross, and a smart header from Mkhitaryan that teed up Mata to score from close range – another example of United’s silent assassin proving decisive in a game that could have left United in a state of frustration.