Juan Mata produced an incredible performance for Manchester United in the 4-0 victory over Crystal Palace on Saturday afternoon.
The Spaniard has been in and out of the starting XI this season due to a number of factors, however, against Palace, he showcased exactly why he is regarded so highly.
Just two minutes in, Mata was able to find the back of the net and change the whole game, putting Palace on the backfoot, allowing United to take front and bring home a comfortable win.
Here’s a look at his brilliant stats from the game.
Mata's game by numbers vs. Palace:
3 chances created
92% pass accuracy
100% chance conversion
— Statman Dave (@StatmanDave) September 30, 2017
Mata adds so much to the midfield play and injects an attacking threat into the side with his superb passing, linkup play, awareness, and ability to find the back of the net.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan has been in fine form this season and combined with Mata, they’ll be able to control the midfield play and get the ball forward to the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Marcus Rashford and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
The Spaniard has shown he’s still in fine form, however, it was only Palace and we’ll hope to see more from him moving forward.