Club-record signing Juan Mata was forced to watch the first half of the Welshman’s term from the bench. Dropped in place of fellow number 10, Shinji Kagawa, the Spaniard made his entrance with 30 minutes left to play.
Nonetheless, he showed little remorse after appearing as a substitute, bagging a brace within 13 minutes of being on the pitch.
|Team||Position||Goals||mins / Goals||Mins|
|Juan Mata||Man Utd||Midfield||2||15.00||30|
Mata’s movement caused considerable problems for the Norwich back-four and he was consequently able to pick up two excellent positions in the box to score his double. His first – a fantastic volleyed finish from a Phil Jones cross – was the pick of the two.
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He hit the target with every attempt at goal, converting 66.7% of his three chances.
His presence had an alarming influence as he provided an immediate creative impetus that had clearly been missing during the opening exchanges. His arrival introduced a new sense of penetration to the midfield, forming a successful bridge between the midfield and attack.
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The Spaniard created three chances during his brief spell, the most memorable of which will be his inch perfect pass to Javier Hernandez in the dying moments. He showed sublime accuracy to pick out the Mexican who somehow managed to miss the target when one-on-one with John Ruddy.
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His passing proved impeccable, as he misplaced just one attempt to pick out a teammate. He recorded an impressive 96% final accuracy to cap an excellent cameo performance.
How did you rate Juan Mata’s performance on Saturday?