Prior to those games, Mata had frustrated at Man United despite a good goalscoring record at the club.
Critics pointed to a weak defensive contribution as the reason why Louis van Gaal left him out of the team for large parts of this campaign but match-winning displays against Spurs and Liverpool have forced the Dutchman to reconsider Mata’s place in the starting XI.
Following his good form, we asked our Twitter followers whether they think Mata is the long-term solution for United or if he is simply going through a purple patch:
@PeoplesPerson_ long term solution hopefully
— El Fideo (@DiMariaTekkers) March 30, 2015
@PeoplesPerson_ long term. He found his best position where he can give his best. Now expecting to see his chelsea form.
— Natalie (@natalie_17) March 30, 2015
@PeoplesPerson_ long term no doubt, but it's Louis opinion that counts
— Tommy Gun (@Mott5791Tom) March 30, 2015
@PeoplesPerson_ Hopefully long term, but I doubt it'll pan out that way.
— Mata fan (@NotAManCantona) March 30, 2015
@PeoplesPerson_ his lack of pace and creativity will be found out again soon.
— Khoa Zany (@khoazany) March 30, 2015
@PeoplesPerson_ his ball retention capabilities will keep him there, Mata & Herrera work beautifully together. Ball kept moving quickly
— Seàn Martin (@Sean_O_Mairtin) March 30, 2015
Most fans agree that Mata will keep his place in the team over the likes of Angel di Maria and Adnan Januzaj. Given his recent form, it’s hard to argue against that.
Van Gaal would be unwise to drop him through this good period but whether or not the experienced coach sees him as a long-term part of his side remains to be seen. After all, Chelsea’s Jose Mourinho, one of the best managers in the world, was fully prepared to sell him to United last year.