The elegant Spaniard took his place in the attacking midfield trio alongside Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Wayne Rooney, with Marcus Rashford deployed as the lone striker.
But there was absolutely no doubting which of the star-studded line-up was having the most impressive performance, with Mata’s touch, reading of the game and all-round creativity catching the eye of onlookers on social media.
The 28-year-old’s career at Old Trafford looked dead in the water when Jose Mourinho arrived last summer, but now it seems he’s won the Portuguese coach over – much to the delight of this lot:
Mata putting on a clinic tonight.
— Musa Okwonga (@Okwonga) January 10, 2017
So turns out that Mata is great? 🤔
— Sid Lowe (@sidlowe) January 10, 2017
It remains to be seen if Mata will be chosen for Sunday’s crucial Premier League clash against Liverpool, but on this sort of form he’ll certainly be difficult to leave out.
Just how good a player is Mata?
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