Juan Mata‘s statistics are relatively impressive given the short time he’s been at Manchester United.
United’s new No.8 is popular among the supporters and given the vitriol shown to Wayne Rooney, most were craving for the little Spaniard to do well in the captain’s absence.
Adnan Januzaj too is a popular figure given his impressive first season in a United shirt but both failed to fulfil their potential on Monday night.
Mata cut a lonely figure at times at The Hawthorns. He got into the right positions but just couldn’t impose himself on the game. With just one more opportunity to impress before Rooney returns from his ban, Mata may have played himself out of the game as his former employers prepare to come to Old Trafford on Sunday.
I love Mata but his job is to be creative. He's nowhere near the Chelsea Mata. He's playing his favoured role central & not performing #mufc
— Rob B. (@_Rob_B) October 20, 2014
Juan Mata didn't manage to get involved, Robin van Persie doesn't look fit and I thought Adnan Januzaj tried too hard.
— Jonas Giæver (@CheGiaevara) October 20, 2014
Van Persie, Mata + Januzaj doing absolutely nothing to suggest Rooney won't be walking straight back into the team when his suspension ends.
— The Peoples Person (@PeoplesPerson_) October 20, 2014
Januzaj too struggled to impress and at times looked as if the young Belgian was trying too hard to impress on his first start of the season.
Given the impact the winger had during a dreadful campaign for the club last season, his frustration at the lack of playing time under Louis van Gaal is understandable but both were under par in the 2-2 draw.
Mata and Januzaj not taking their chances at getting a proper look in tonight. Shockers from the pair in particular tonight.
— A – M (@AB__M96) October 20, 2014
Either Januzaj or Mata need to come off for Falcao. Neither has done much to suggest they deserve a lot of playing time once Rooney returns.
— Charles & Dan (@TheBusbyBoys) October 20, 2014
Robin was poor today, as was Januzaj. Rojo shaky at the back. #MatchdayMac
— Full Time DEVILS (@FullTimeDEVILS) October 20, 2014
Januzaj… right wing… played all night with his left foot, baffles me that.
— Niall (@Niall_84) October 20, 2014
But there was the odd supportive tweet for key members of the squad in the hope that both, particularly Mata, are just going through a bad period of form right now.
Mata can be a beautiful player to watch but needs to do more. Really hope he finds some form soon.
— BeautifullyRed (@BeautifullyRed) October 20, 2014