If there’s one thing the Spaniard can bring to the table which Rooney simply can’t offer, it’s an outrageously good first touch.
This week, Mata joined the F2 Freestylers to test how good his first touch was. Almost predictably, it was flawless.
Check out the video here:
Mata showed the same sort of silky touch against AS Roma in the pre-season when he plucked a long range pass from Rooney out of the air before deftly lifting the ball over Roma’s goalkeeper to score.
Of course, there was also Mata’s first touch against Fulham where he was seemingly gliding along the Old Trafford turf (GIF created by @BeautifullyRed)
If you’ve got any other videos of great first touches by Mata, send them in and we’ll add them into the article.