Juan Mata Was An Absolute Joy To Watch Against Newcastle United

Manchester United's Juan Mata celebrates scoring their second goal with Marcus Rashford.

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Manchester United pulled off an emphatic comeback against Newcastle United following a flurry of late goals.

The visitors were trailing 1-0 by virtue of an early Luke Shaw own goal. Harry Maguire followed up with an equaliser 20 minutes later.

However, despite being awarded a penalty, the Red Devils failed to take the lead in the second half as Bruno Fernandes’ attempt was saved by Karl Darlow.

Nevertheless, the score remained 1-1 until the later minutes of the final stages of the match. After the Portuguese midfielder pushed his side into the lead at the 86th minute, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Marcus Rashford followed up with goals of their own.

Rashford contributed to 3 out of 4 of those goals but Juan Mata with an assist to his name is rightfully stealing all the praise and spotlight. The Spaniard displayed a remarkable performance after being handed – what recently has become – a rare start. In fact, it was his first appearance in the Premier League this season.

Mata ran the show for the Mancunians — from bossing the midfield by dropping deep and creating space to also playmaking along the right flank.

Fans were quick to hand deserved praise to the veteran who delivered an admirable performance.

 

Clearly, the former Chelsea man hasn’t lost his finesse. It might be true that sometimes his ageing body cannot keep up anymore. But it is clear that his footballing brain is still of the highest calibre and he can still deliver big performances.

Despite adding two attacking midfielders to the mix with Fernandes and Donny van de Beek, Ole Gunner Solskjaer still lacks a natural and designated playmaker. The retired Spanish international proved his reliability today. It is no surprise that the 32-year-old is widely adored by the fans.