The Manchester United legend has been impressed with the former Chelsea man.
Paul Scholes has heaped praised on what he sees as the spine of Louis van Gaal's current Manchester United team - but feels Juan Mata deserves more credit than most right now, according to his regular column in the Independent and London Evening Standard.
United have been in sensational form of late under Van Gaal, with a number of pundits - including Scholes himself - admitting they didn't foresee their upturn in fortunes.
The success has come from Van Gaal deploying a number of basics fans had been urging him to do months ago: playing a back four, putting Wayne Rooney up front and so on and so forth.
But Scholes has also expressed his appreciation for the Dutchman's more subtle improvements at Manchester United. And one man in particular has caught his eye under Van Gaal's stewardship.
Scholes said: "For all the attention after the derby win over Manchester City on Fellaini and Young, a lot of the credit has to go to Mata. He has given United such composure.
"He is not a winger, in the conventional sense, but he comes inside and gets involved in the game. He always passes to a red shirt and he is so cool, as you saw with his finish against City."
This weekend will make for an interesting occasion for Mata, of course, with the Manchester United star returning to Stamford Bridge for the first time to face former side Chelsea.
Jose Mourinho's Blues sit top of the Premier League, while United reside in third.