Juan Mata has added another sublime finish to his collection for Manchester United.
Arsenal’s defence looked shaky and they were made to pay by the Spaniard, who executed wonderful technique to convert Ander Herrera’s concise cross past the helpless Petr Cech.
FACT: Juan Mata since joining the @PremierLeague:
– 42 Goals
– 41 Assists
The Special Juan. ?? pic.twitter.com/WQhPiGgy7L
— SPORF (@Sporf) 19 November 2016
Many believed that Mata was a dead certainty to leave Old Trafford for pastures new at the start of the season, with Everton and Sevilla rumoured to have been keen, but Jose Mourinho has decided to allow Mata to flourish in an advanced position.
And it is clear to see that the 28-year-old is reaping the benefits of that, as the finish below testifies.
— Utd Goals (@UtdGoals) 19 November 2016
It’s evident that his performances have not gone unnoticed on social media either.
I don’t think people understand how high your level of technical ability must be to execute that goal mata made look so fucking easy
— 80-2 (@JuanMata8i) 19 November 2016
Juan Mata has just made Mesut Ozil eat grass. What a day.
— The Man Utd Way (@TheManUtdWay) 19 November 2016
Mata was sold at Chelsea for his work rate, but he’s been all over the pitch this season. Same as Herrera. Telepathic Spanish duo.
— Liam Canning (@LiamPaulCanning) 19 November 2016
However, a certain chant still was heard around Old Trafford with Wayne Rooney’s midweek off-pitch activities being the focus.
“Rooney’s on a bender” echoes around Old Trafford.
— TheSPORTbible (@TSBible) 19 November 2016
? ROONEY’S ON A BENDER, ROONEY’S ON A BENDER, NA NAA NA NA ? #MUFCvAFC
— Full Time DEVILS (@FullTimeDEVILS) 19 November 2016
Old Trafford: ‘Rooney’s on a bender.’ ? pic.twitter.com/HIS6dhlGOo
— Bleacher Report UK (@br_uk) 19 November 2016
Callum Connolly, Pundit Arena.