Manchester United fans were hugely impressed by Spaniard Juan Mata‘s performance vs Leicester City in the Premier League.
The Red Devils were away from home once more and initially struggled to make an impact on the match, conceding the game’s first goal.
Thanks to Mata though, they were able to turn the score around by the 70th minute with the playmaker scoring a beauty of a free-kick for his second.
Despite being on the end of countless transfer rumours, he’s managed to have a fairly decent United career under Jose Mourinho’s management.
The two have had their own history together but the Portuguese manager will surely be applauding Juan’s display vs the Foxes.
RT if you think Juan Mata is just a beautiful man pic.twitter.com/Dti0kbTaY0
— TriggeRedUTD (@jonmikesav8) December 23, 2017
I do love Juan Mata. Hugs x
— Liam Canning (@LiamPaulCanning) December 23, 2017
That's a great finish from Mata. Could have just smashed it but rolled it right across Schmeichel, instead. Really clever.
— Rob Dawson (@RobDawsonESPN) December 23, 2017
(I love how Mata prayed to the camera there, as if acknowledging he had done the Lord’s work.)
— Musa Okwonga (@Okwonga) December 23, 2017
THAT'S OUR SPANISH BLOGGER. JUAN MATA.
— Adam Joseph (@AdamJosephSport) December 23, 2017
United the better side but too casual in final third and decision-making has let them down too often. Really good half from Mata. #mufc
— Samuel Luckhurst (@samuelluckhurst) December 23, 2017
Juan Mata‘s days as a Manchester United player has always been numbered since the moment Jose Mourinho’s arrival at Old Trafford was announced.
In terms of competition at the squad he’s got a fair few whether it’s out wide or in the attacking midfield spot.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Jesse Lingard represent his most likely positional rivals with either player capable of playing in both positions.
Lingard in particular must have Mata wondering of late why the Englishman gets the nod in his favoured position just in behind the striker.
Jesse’s performance in the number 10 position though has justified his manager’s decision, especially due to Mkhitaryan’s struggles since arriving from Dortmund.
The truth is though, the right wing position can be nailed down once more by Juan if he wished and he’s certainly making a case for himself after his brace vs Leicester.