Robin van Persie may have been missing following his heroics in midweek, but Manchester United clearly did not need him as they returned to Premier League action.
The Dutchman's strike-partner Wayne Rooney stepped up in breathtaking fashion, scoring both goals in the 2-0 victory over West Ham United, including an absolute world-class strike that had fans, pundits and players past and present purring.
The Spaniard can clearly be seen yelling for a pass, and in the message that accompanied the picture Mata wrote, 'And I was asking for the ball. What a goal.'
It really was, but as a snap-shot in time, Mata's photo tells its own story.