Van Gaal admits to being impressed with Mata after Liverpool heroics

Angry Louis van Gaal

The Manchester United manager saw his midfielder put in an outstanding goalscoring display in the 2-1 win at Anfield.

Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata put in a superb performance during his side's 2-1 win over Liverpool, scoring both of his side's goals to earn Louis van Gaal a Premier League win at Anfield at his first attempt, with the Dutchman praising the Spanish international in an interview with Sky Sports.

Mata's second goal in particular was eye-catching, as he performed a wonderful scissor kick from substitute Angel Di Maria's chipped pass for his fifth of the season.

When asked whether this was Mata's best game for United, the Dutchman, who normally prefers not to single out players for too much praise, admitted he was impressed.

"Normally I don't want to say it, but he was very good," said Van Gaal.

The United boss then went on to explain that the former Chelsea player had always been one of the more consistent members of his squad in terms of performance quality, and that often he was only out of the starting line-up due to the need to balance out his side in some games.

"He has played always good in my opinion, with me,” the Dutchman added. "He is one of my most constantly playing players. But sometimes you need also balance in your team and you have to select other players.

"Now he played very well, he can play this position very good and with the combination with (Antonio) Valencia and (Ander) Herrera, it was a Spanish wing."

It is worth noting that two of United's best performances this season have come in successive games where Mata has started, with the Spaniard very impressive with his movement and link-up play against Spurs last week and even better against fierce rivals Liverpool on Sunday.

The game against Tottenham was Mata's first start since the middle of January, now it looks like the World Cup winner is practically undroppable.

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