Juan Mata isn’t an all-action type of player, but he made his contributions count in Manchester United’s 4-0 win over Norwich City.
It was a swashbuckling performance from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side, as goals from Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood added to Marcus Rashford’s brace ensured it was a comfortable game for them.
There will be many who walked away from Old Trafford satisfied with their level of performance and Mata can be one of them.
The 31-year-old does not necessarily ensure that he is involved in every aspect of the game, but he did make his contributions count on Saturday.
His most notable actions were his two assists. The first of those showed impeccable technique, vision and judgement, as the Spaniard clipped the ball between Norwich’s defence and Tim Krul, perfectly into the path of Rashford to finish first-time.
The second also highlighted the quality of Mata’s delivery, as his pinpoint cross was headed in by Martial.
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It should be noted that his two assists came despite the Spaniard making two key passes throughout the game. He did have a lot of the ball, as only Fred and Nemanja Matic had more than his 6.6% share of possession, but he felt no need to always do something noteworthy with it.
As well as the fact that he only attempted one dribble, he also took just one shot – which went on target.
There weren’t many other contributions outside of that, as he lost the one aerial duel that he competed in, while his only defensive action was one tackle which he won.
This shows how the Spaniard can allow himself to fade into the background of games slightly, before pouncing with precision to make his mark.