Juan Mata‘s performance in the No.10 role against Chelsea in the second half was superb but not enough to help inspire Manchester United to a win at Stamford Bridge.
The Spaniard was pretty quiet in the first half but woke up in the second and was creating chances for fun.
Every time Mata had possession he kept his head up and ran into the space to give himself a few extra yards before finding his team-mate with almost every pass he did – 94% of his passes went to a United player.
His stats from the game show how influential and how he rightfully deserved his man of the match award:
4 key passes
Man of the match, Juan Mata
48 passes, 94% accuracy
4 key passes
58 sprints pic.twitter.com/n8XAyazf9T
— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) February 7, 2016
It’s great to see Mata excelling in his favoured position. When out on the right-wing, as good as he was, it still wasn’t the Mata who thrived at Chelsea but now the system is giving him much more freedom he is expressing himself far better.
Given the performance of United today a point away to Chelsea is a bad result and with the top four now six points away from us, we can hardly afford to have any more slip-ups if we are to force our way back into the Champions League spots.