The Spaniard was practically invisible for the entirety of what was a high tempo, physical encounter.
A quick glance at the stats show how anonymous Mata really was: 0 shots, 0 chances created, 0 crosses, 89% pass accuracy.
Away games against gritty underdogs like Bournemouth have never been Mata’s forte, and that was proved to be the case once again today.
For a player of such high calibre who, in the midst of an injury crisis, needed to step up to the plate more than ever today, United fans should expect a lot more from the Spaniard.
Like the rest of van Gaal’s side, Mata just didn’t show enough conviction against a team they should have beaten comfortably.