Mata: Overhead kick at Anfield was one of my best career goals

by Richard Laverty

Juan Mata claims his overhead kick against Liverpool on Sunday is definitely ‘one of the best’ of the Spaniard’s career.

Mata was crucial in Manchester United coming away from Anfield with a rare three points which fired them into a 2-0 lead on an afternoon United fans won’t forget.

Speaking in his weekly blog, Mata discussed at length his goal as well as other subjects such as Sunday nights El Clasico fixture at the Nou Camp.

The acrobatic effort was Mata’s 13th goal in 14 months at Old Trafford and it certainly ranks as the best one he’s scored during his time at the club.

Mata wrote: “Many of you are asking me about the second goal and the truth is I don’t know very well how to explain it. It’s something you just don’t think… It’s more a resource you use when you understand it’s better to shoot the ball as it comes rather than trying to control it and keep the play.

“Angel’s pass invited to do so. It’s one of the best goals of my career for sure, among other things because it happened in such a massive game. And it helped us win.”

Mata certainly scored a few spectacular efforts during his days at Chelsea but United supporters have become more accustomed to seeing him pop up in the box to score a tap in rather than fire home efforts from 30 yards.

His first goal on Sunday from a superb Ander Herrera pass showed Mata has more to his game than that and his overhead kick early in the second half showed why United broke their club transfer record to bring him in from Chelsea for £37m.

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