Manchester United recorded a narrow 1-0 victory against Bournemouth at Old Trafford on Wednesday night, and Red Devils fans were divided on Juan Mata’s performance.
The Spaniard started on the right side of the attacking midfield trio behind Romelu Lukaku, and he provided the assist for the Belgium international with a fine cross that the 24-year-old headed home in the first half, although he was sloppy in possession on other occasions.
The 29-year-old doesn’t often play the full 90 minutes under Jose Mourinho, but that was the case against the Cherries and perhaps explains why he was looking a little jaded in the closing stages of the encounter.
Man United supporters were quick to have their say on his display via social media, and they were divided with their opinions.
While one went as far as saying “Mata is a better player than Pogba”, another disagreed and said “Mata had a bad game”.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
Shaw was brilliant. Mata fantastic. Lukaku scored. McTominay impressive. Jones decent. De Gea class! ?
— Prabal Timilsina (@Peminem) December 13, 2017
— Martial the magician (@LouiseODonoghu2) December 13, 2017
McTominay was really impressive. Great performance. Shaw was brilliant. needs to be our left back! And Juan Mata at times just oozes class. That goal will do Lukaku good! #mufc
— VISH MUFC (@v_shah) December 13, 2017
Mata my Man of the Match. Controlled the entire game. That beautiful assist. Also, must mention Rashford… what a strike that was only to have hit the crossbar. We will take the 3 points and move on #MUFC
— Malik Sumrani (@ImSumrani) December 13, 2017
— MrJWade (@MrJWadeHH) December 13, 2017
Thought Mctominay was better than Matic in the second half. Martial had a overall poor game. Lukaku poor despite the goal but that what we pay him for. Lingard was Lingard, useless. Mata had a good assist but a poor game. Killed every fast break and counter. Jones MOTM #mufc
— Liam PARKER Francis (@Parker14us) December 13, 2017
Jones, McTominay and Shaw very good tonight… Lingard, Mata and Martial not so much. Very sloppy the whole game but got the job done. #mufc
— Niall (@Niall_84) December 13, 2017
— Aakash (@AakashParulekar) December 13, 2017
Win and clean sheet great, Jones, McTom and Shaw were good. Too many missed chances again. Mata too slow. Lingard and Martial poor. Need some consistency in performances. #MUFC
— James Sloan (@jamessloanjnr) December 13, 2017