Manchester United’s Juan Mata admits he was offside for his goal v Liverpool, praises David de Gea

Juan Mata opens up on his goal for Manchester United against Liverpool in the Premier League and speaks highly of teammate David de Gea.

Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata has admitted that he was in an offside position when he scored his goal against Liverpool at Old Trafford on Sunday.

The Spain international was on target for the Red Devils in the 40th minute in their 3-0 victory in the Premier League clash.

It was a controversial goal, though, as television footage showed Mata to be in an offside position when he headed in after Robin van Persie got a slight touch to Ashley Young's cross.

Mata has now admitted as much and wrote in his blog: “Personally, I was fortunate to score again. To be honest, I watched the footage and it’s true that I’m offside after Robin’s header.

“That is something you don’t realise when you are on the pitch. Anyway, we scored two more goals and that reinforces our victory.”

United may have scored three goals, but their best player was goalkeeper David de Gea. The Spain international made saves after saves, notably against Raheem Sterling and Mario Balotelli.

“And we won, among other things, thanks to the ‘Man of the Match’ David de Gea, who has had yet another great performance,” wrote the 26-year-old. “He is in top form.

“Everybody’s praising him and now we have to keep working so we don’t need so many saves from him in the next few games; we have to get better in that regard.

"David gives us complete confidence. Liverpool created chances and they didn’t score because of him.”

The win against Liverpool sees United remain third in the Premier League table with 31 points from 16 matches.

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