Manchester United strengthened their grip on second position in the English Premier League on Saturday with a professional 2-0 victory at home to struggling Swansea City.
The Red Devils needed a victory to continue their bid to finish in the top four and now find themselves with a healthy advantage over fifth placed Chelsea.
Romelu Lukaku, scoring his 100th career Premier League goal, and Alexis Sanchez, netting his second league goal for the Old Trafford side since joining in January, were the heroes of the afternoon.
However, it was another attacking talent that caught the eye of supporters – Juan Mata
The Spaniard get Jose Mourinho’s outfit moving all afternoon, linking up well with the other players in the attacking front four. Fans were delighted with his performance, believing they’re a far better side when he’s in the team and playing well.
Can he bring his form into next week’s encounter with Manchester City, as the Red Devils prepare to prevent Pep Guardiola’s team winning the title in a Manchester derby?
Fans took to Twitter to praise the attacking midfielder after Saturday’s match…
Juan mata ticks this united team..had he been playing that champions league pre quarter against sevilla,united would have been through to next round..#mufc
— haris (@harispmna) March 31, 2018
Good performance today, I know it was against a relegation threatened team but I like Lingard in that 10 role; we always play well when Mata’s on the pitch #MUFC – also Rom shoulda scored a couple more but we are improving.
— Mohammed Momeen (@abu_yaqoob17) March 31, 2018
My honest opinion of that game, Mata makes us tick far more than any other midfielder, Pogba has flashes of brilliance but is still a big time Charlie and not good enough, one of Sanchez’ best games and Lukaku is getting better…#MUFC
— Mark Kelly (@MachineGun1967) March 31, 2018
— Mathew Midgley (@MathewMidgley) March 31, 2018
MOTM for me is Mata. Yes, Alexis got 1 goal and 1 assist but Mata's intelligence play making our attacking play in 1st half looks very dangerous
— Achmad Rivai Syahrir (@red_elora) March 31, 2018
United very decent. Looking better atm. Mata was my MOM today. Superb from start to finish. 3points & a clean sheet. Good to see Sanchez on score sheet and finding his form again!! #mufc
— AdamClatworthy (@AdamClatworthy) March 31, 2018
— Ajmeth Rizwan (@AjmethR) March 31, 2018
— Ahnaf (@Fareen21) March 31, 2018