Although their third musketeer Ander Herrera wasn’t part in training after picking up a slight knock, the pair of them were in good spirits and they head into the match in good form as well.
De Gea has been typically assured in goal and Man United’s defence looks so much stronger with him between the sticks over Sergio Romero. That’s made a real difference to the team and Wolfsburg are likely to test him tonight because they’ve got some great individual players who will cause United’s defence some problems.
As for Mata, he is in great goalscoring form out on the right wing and has made himself one of United’s most important players in attack. There are those who remain frustrated at his overall performances but so long as he keeps providing assists and scoring goals, Louis van Gaal has absolutely no reason to take him out of the team.
Both players will need to bring their A-game to Old Trafford tonight under the floodlights because if United were to lose, Champions League qualification would all of a sudden become a huge uphill struggle – a situation which no United fan or van Gaal wants to be in.