Gary Neville: Juan Mata made a massive difference in win vs Crystal Palace

Gary Neville: Juan Mata made a massive difference in win vs Crystal Palace

Manchester United favourite Gary Neville believes Juan Mata made a huge difference for his team after the club’s comeback win vs Crystal Palace.

Jose Mourinho’s men found themselves 2-0 down in the second half but secured all three points nonetheless in dramatic fashion.

Chris Smalling, Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic were all on the scoresheet to help United head into the match vs fierce rivals Liverpool with a win.

Smalling’s goal paved the way for Lukaku to grab the equaliser before Matic’s long range beauty stole the result in injury time.

However, Neville believes it was Mata’s substitution onto the field that made a big difference for the Red Devils and explained just why that was the case.

According to Give Me Sport, Gary said on Sky Sports: “I have to say I thought Juan Mata made a massive difference for United. I won’t say I’ve always been his biggest fan in terms of… I always thought United’s wide players or the No 10s should be people who can get from box-to-box quite quickly.

“But what United have now with Martial, Rashford, Lukaku, Lingard and Sanchez are players who can get box to box. What they have not got necessarily are people who can glue it together.

“He [Mata] is the one who can slow it down, who can connect things and can actually link things. I thought he made a massive difference in composing United in the final third.

“He was the one who controlled the ball in the box and made the right decisions.”

The Spaniard has often been Mourinho’s go to man when he needs a creative spark in his teams and his player repaid the faith once more.

Juan’s career at Old Trafford has come into doubt the moment the Portuguese manager arrived but it seems as though he’s safe for the time being.

Jose has insisted publicly that he has no desire to change his attacking options and will instead use the upcoming summer to sort out the club’s midfield and defence.

With Michael Carrick and Marouane Fellaini‘s contracts running out in the summer Manchester United may see some new faces before the start of the next season.

Should Juan Mata continue to put in performances as he did against Crystal Palace then he should have no fear over his place at United.

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