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'So clever', 'Unreal', 'MOTM': pundits, press and players drooling about United star

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Pundits, the press, the club and players alike have all heaped praise on Juan Mata’s performance against Newcastle United yesterday.

‘They were just too good on the ball, they showed a lot of creativity, everything Newcastle didn’t have.’ United legend Rio Ferdinand took to Twitter to celebrate Mata’s performance, saying ‘Unreal this evening @juanmata8 link up been ??’ Unreal this evening @juanmata8… link up been ?? https://t.co/BrAudY3oXx Some of the country’s top football journalists agreed.



Sky Sports’ Nick Wright was drooling about Mata’s performance.



‘What he lacks in pace and power, he makes up for in vision and imagination.’ The Guardian’s Louise Taylor said ‘Manchester United began passing and moving in a manner their hosts struggled to second guess with the excellent Fernandes and Juan Mata provoking considerable uncertainty among Bruce’s defence’, while The Athletic’s Carl Anka simply said ‘Excellent stuff from Juan Mata.’ But it was the club and one of Mata’s teammates that summed up the 32-year-old’s performance.

‘It was Juan Mata who made the difference for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side,’ he said.

The Times’ Martin Hardy spoke of ‘the intelligence, probing and deftness of pass from Juan Mata’.

His interplay with Bruno Fernandes was a superb example of how football brains can sometimes work quicker and be more effective than the fastest legs around as they carved numerous opportunities for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men.
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