Juan Mata explains the significance of his strike against Crystal Palace

Mata Martinez Spain

Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata has described the 'special' feeling of scoring the winner against Crystal Palace.

Manchester United star Juan Mata has described his goal against Crystal Palace as an ‘explosion of joy’.

The Spaniard came off the bench to break the deadlock against the London based side and suggested there’s nothing like scoring in front of a packed house at Old Trafford.

“The feeling of scoring a goal in Old Trafford is nearly impossible to describe, but I can tell you that is very special… It’s like an explosion of joy shared with everybody in the stadium, the players and the crowd. Even more if your goal secures the three points!” wrote Mata in his weekly blog.

Mata has also suggested that the win was significant for United looking ahead to after the international break because of the fact the side had been searching for a victory after decent performances against Chelsea and Manchester City.

United took only a point from those two games but the way they played in each hinted that they were turning a corner looking ahead to a busy winter schedule where the games come thick and fast over New Year.

“Winning this weekend was very important. We came from a few weeks without victories and these three points take us near the teams at the top, and encourage us to keep working hard and improving our game. Obviously, we know there is still a lot to do in order to get where we want to, but it’s easier when you win.”

United now sit in seventh place just one point behind Arsenal and two points below fourth place, with a defence which is only one goal worse than the Gunners so far this season.

First up after the international break for United is a trip to Arsenal, which is a difficult match for any side in the Premier League. That’s followed by home matches against Hull City and Stoke City before a trip to Southampton, one of the form teams of the Premier League so far this season.

The winter period is all about momentum and fortunately for United, they’ll have extra time to rest and recover than some of their rivals and that should help United allude to what Mata says and get to the target they’re trying to achieve.

Register for MANCHESTER UNITED team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch