Manchester United’s £37 million January transfer window signing Juan Mata had arguably his best game since moving to the club at the weekend.
Playing in his favoured number 10 role behind the striker over the past fortnight, Juan Mata’s performances have improved drastically and his potential was on view for all to see at the weekend.
The 25-year-old was the star of the show, netting an exquisite first-half free-kick before adding a second not long after the half-time interval to send United on their way to a confidence boosting victory ahead of their Champions league clash with Bayern Munich.
Boss David Moyes will feel mightily relieved with Mata’s upturn in performances, though he may be left with a tough decision when Dutch international van Persie returns from his injury layoff.
As a result of Mata’s excellent display, he left a lasting impression in the Spanish media.
The renowned paper Marca have a Spanish build-up to the World Cup, ranking the top players each week in order to decide who – based on statistics – deserves their shot in Brazil this summer.
This weekend, Mata came out on top by being rated a perfect 10/10, beating the likes of David Silva, Xabi Alonso and Sergio Ramos who also displayed excellent performances.
The recognition is good news for Juan Mata, and he will be hoping to please La Roja boss Vicente Del Bosque with a number of repeat performances in United’s remaining five Premier League fixtures.