Manchester United fans were delighted with Juan Mata‘s magical display against Leicester City.
The Spaniard was deployed by Jose Mourinho in his preferred No.10 role and showcased his ability while Wayne Rooney was left on the bench.
His quick feet and precision passing demonstrated what the Portuguese boss was missing out on, by scoring Man United’s second goal and assisting the third, he put in a good argument for taking Rooney’s position in the starting XI permanently.
Here’s what fans on social media had to say about his performance.
Juan Mata showed why Rooney-less Manchester United is the way to go. The attack was so fluid and the transition between midfield and attack.
— Hesham Bilal-Hafiz (@hesham786) September 24, 2016
Juan Mata's playing like a proper number 10. In-between the lines, deft touches linking full-backs into the attack. Has been marvellous.
— Liam Canning (@LiamPaulCanning) September 24, 2016
Juan Mata is simply amazing. Put your five high.
— 𝗖𝗲𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗲 𝗥. (@celinerhzd) September 24, 2016
Juan mata is given a lesson to Rooney on how to play the no 10 role
— Osaide Andy (@andrew2180) September 24, 2016
After this, there is no way Juan Mata doesn't remain a starter #mufc
— Vir (@sugarmancunian) September 24, 2016
After much criticism for his recent showings, Wayne Rooney was dropped in favour of Mata and the Spaniard took the opportunity with both hands producing a perfect display.
His showing has opened up another strong attacking option for Mourinho and in one of our most convincing victories since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement, his players has proven what his squad is capable of once all pieces fall into place.
Had it not been for Paul Pogba, he would have been up for the Man of the Match award, but it’ll be a brilliant boost for the squad moving forward as United fans can hope for even better results in the coming fixtures.