Better than Chelsea! 3 areas Mata shone on his Manchester United debut

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Manchester United's record signing stood out on his debut.

Here are three notable stats from his debut:

1) Mata made more passes for United that entered the final third of the pitch, than he did in any game for Chelsea this season.

NameMatchMatchdayPosFinal Third EntriesMins
Juan Mata Man Utd vs Cardiff 23 MF 13 85
Juan Mata Chelsea vs Southampton 13 MF 10 90
Juan Mata Norwich vs Chelsea 07 MF 10 81
Juan Mata Newcastle vs Chelsea 10 MF 9 62
Juan Mata Stoke vs Chelsea 15 MF 8 90

2) Mata averaged an assist every 417 minutes played for Chelsea this season. It's early days, but for United it's one in the only 85 minutes he has played.

At ChelseaMins / Goal AssistAppsMins
Juan Mata 417.00 13 834
At Unitedmins / Goal AssistAppsMins
Juan Mata 85.00 1 85

3) Mata's performance for United was the only game this season he has played in, in which he has won 100% of his tackles, made more than 40 accurate passes, and provided more than one key pass from a set piece.

PlayerMatchMatchdayTackle success rate %Key Pass SetplayAccurate PassMins
Juan Mata Man Utd vs Cardiff 23 100.00 2 45 85
Juan Mata Stoke vs Chelsea 15 50.00 1 63 90
Juan Mata Chelsea vs Southampton 13 100.00 1 41 90
Juan Mata Chelsea vs Crystal Palace 16 100.00 0 48 62
Juan Mata Sunderland vs Chelsea 14 100.00 0 52 81

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