“It was a perfect day”: Juan Mata on David de Gea’s return and Anthony Martial’s debut against Liverpool

by Sam Peoples

Juan Mata‘s blog is always a lovely read on a Monday morning, let alone after Manchester United smash Liverpool 3-1 at Old Trafford, David de Gea returns and Anthony Martial scores on his debut.

It’s like a party of good things all at once for Man United and Mata’s blog is predictably great.

There’s nothing more to say about it other than to read his extract on Liverpool with a smile on your face.

Writing in his latest blog, Mata said: “Today I’m writing at the end of a nice, relaxed Sunday in what has been a very positive week. As you know, a win against Liverpool is always special… It was a good game, we tried to take the initiative since the beginning and, although we didn’t create good chances in the first 45 minutes, we played almost all the time on Liverpool’s half of the pitch.

“Soon after the break we were able to score and from that moment we increased the pace to get the three points. The first goal came after a set piece move. In this kind of games, it can make the difference. That’s why we work on those plays during the week. This time it went well and Daley’s great goal unblocked the game.

“The explosion in Old Trafford was something very special, not easy to describe with words… We were then closer to get the three points and, despite Benteke’s amazing goal, Ander and Martial scored for us to seal the victory. It was a very important date in our calendar and I’m very pleased that our fans went home feeling happy.

“Overall, it was an important win for many reasons: we were able to overcome Rooney’s absence, our new team-mate Martial scored his first goal, De Gea received a warm ovation from the fans… I think it was one of those perfect days, and I hope we can enjoy many more in Old Trafford this season. I’m very happy for Anthony, it’s a dream debut and I’m sure this is going to be the first goal of many…”

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