Manchester United ace Juan Mata shows off three impressive skills

Juan Mata skill

These are three skills you've got to try next time you're at five-a-side!

The days of teams missing out their midfield and just using the centre-back to launch balls towards a big centre forward are long gone... for the most part.

Now, players – even some defenders – have all the skills in the book and the Premier League is brimming full on players who really know how to dribble. 

And one of the best in the Premier League is Manchester United's Spanish diminutive playmaker Juan Mata, as he's proved over the past five years.

Sadly us mere mortals have no way of replicating Mata's delightful touches and dribbles... or can we? Well, thanks to the Spaniard and his rather brilliant new YouTube video, he's given us a crash course in three really great techniques to help you show off next time you're at five-a-side. 

He starts off with a very lovely flip-flip, followed by one of our personal favourites, the hocus pocus; inspired by Middlesbrough legend Juninho. 

Finally, he shows us a perfect way to infuriate your opponents with a very cheeky nutmeg.

We're looking forward to seeing what tricks Mata will come up with when Manchester United take on Sunderland in tomorrow's early kick-off at the Stadium of Light. 

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