Juan Mata pleased to be back in action for Manchester United following Sampdoria win

by Leo Nieboer

Juan Mata has expressed his delight at getting more minutes under his belt following a spell on the sidelines against Sampdoria on Wednesday night.

The Spaniard, who claimed 11 goals last season, suffered an ankle injury against Real Salt Lake that sidelined him for clashes with Manchester City, Real Madrid and Barcelona.

He made a return to action against Valerenga last weekend and came on at half time in Dublin to grab a winner ten minutes from time.

And Mata, speaking after the game, noted that he was setting back in to the rhythm of things following an unfortunate period away from action.

“I’m happy to be back fit and getting some rhythm for next week. Our mind is already on the Super Cup,” he said. “I’m fully recovered.

There aren’t many more aesthetically pleasing things in football than watching Mata, somehow undetected, glide into the box just slightly behind play before latching on to the ball and sending home a wonderfully caressed finish. He strokes the ball in such a subtle, guided manner that he could probably do the same to a melon and achieve the same result.

And he was a buzzing force, especially with Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford creating space with a series of powerful runs, and can back his chances to feature from the start against Real Madrid on August 8.

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