Juan Mata opens up about his friendship with Anthony Martial at Man United

by Tanveer Arayan

Juan Mata was full of praise for Anthony Martial after his influential display in Manchester United’s 2-0 victory over Watford.

The Frenchman set up Mata for the opening goal of the game as he crossed in the ball from out wide, and then finished the game in the second-half as a he found a much-deserved goal on the counter attack.

He set up two goals against Wigan Athletic earlier, but Jose Mourinho claimed he had to work harder, and when he was recalled to the starting line-up for the first time in almost a month, Martial took his opportunity with both hands.

Speaking after the game, Mata opened up about his friendship with Martial

“I was very happy for him,” he said. “There were some difficult weeks for him, but he has been training good.

“He’s a great friend, he’s a great player and he can give us a lot of things and now he’s with confidence, he’s a terrific player.”

Mourinho revealed after the game that he had been delighted with Martial’s progress after his hard work in training and it’s not surprising to hear Mata praising the 21-year-old for his displays in training.

He’s been in and out of the starting line-up in recent months, but he’s followed Henrikh Mkhitaryan in working hard for his place in the team and following his impressive showing against Watford, he has to start more often.

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