Crystal Palace beat Manchester United for the first time in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon courtesy of a 2-1 success at Old Trafford.
Patrick van Aanholt came up with a stoppage-time winner for the Eagles, who had seen Daniel James cancel out a strike from Jordan Ayew in the latter stages.
United were largely set up to play on the counter once again, but Roy Hodgson’s side did not allow the Red Devils space on the break.
As a result, it might well have been a match for Juan Mata to start as the Spaniard is arguably the club’s most technically gifted player in tight positions.
As it turned out, Mata was only introduced in the 85th minute of the contest – leaving the experienced attacker with little time to make an impact.
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And it would be fair to say that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s decision to wait until the final five minutes to introduce the 31-year-old did not go down well with the supporters one bit.
A selection of the Twitter reaction can be seen below:
Mata comes on far too late ?
— David Richards (@orwell_66127) August 24, 2019
Why the hell has Mata come on for the last 5 mins?! Far too late! Needed his creativity much better earlier on ?♂️
— Umar (@Umr3000) August 24, 2019
Too little to late he could have come in earlier
— Mike Oxmaul ? (@notmunya) August 24, 2019
30 mins to late.
— Craig (@craigblake_) August 24, 2019
About 40 minutes too late
— ™ ?? (@tomas_utd) August 24, 2019
Been losing for fifty mins better give Mata [checks notes] 8 minutes something to do?
— Kevin (@edertweets) August 24, 2019
— Red devils (@1878_1902_fc) August 24, 2019
— kyazze allan (@kyazzealan) August 24, 2019