Manchester United's Mata, Herrera, Evans and Smalling take part in Footgolf competition

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Ander Herrera and Juan Mata took on Jonny Evans and Chris Smalling in a Manchester United Footgolf challenge.

Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata proved to be his innovative and creative self by recreating his football skills on the golf course.

Mata inspired Team Spain to victory, with team-mate Ander Herrera acting more as a caddie. Team UK, on the other hand, consisted of centre-back duo Chris Smalling and Jonny Evans.

Swissquote, the official online banking partner of Manchester United, set up a Footgolf competition where a football is kicked into an over-sized golf hole.

The inaugural Forex Footgolf Challenge trophy was won by Team Spain when Mata chipped over a bunker and manoeuvred his effort off a golf cart, rebounding into the hole to claim victory in style.

“Herrera and I showed great Spanish teamwork to get our hands on the trophy. Manchester United has a very competitive culture and winning is always important especially against your teammates,” Mata told Swissquote.

“We kick hundreds of footballs every day in training, but it took a lot of skill and quality to get the ball in the hole, particularly after Ander slipped on the first hole!”

Mata and Herrera seem to have formed a fantastic bond ever since the latter joined from Athletic Bilbo last summer. The pair are often pictured visiting Manchester's Northern Quarter, as per the Manchester Evening News, and enjoying the culture on offer in the North West of England.

The two defenders that made up Team UK, however, are in very different situations at Manchester United. Chris Smalling ended the Premier League season with a four-year contract extension whereas Evans' future is uncertain, as per the Liverpool Echo, with Everton and Tottenham Hotspur all reported to be interested in acquiring his services.

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