Many say that classes are permanent. For a player, this term refers to the quality of the game that is time and ageless. This is what Juan Mata successfully demonstrated at Old Trafford.
In the 2021/22 Premier League match between Manchester United and Brentford, Tuesday (3/5/2022) early morning, Juan Mata showed his class. He was instrumental in Manchester United’s 3-0 win over Brentford.
Appearing from the start of the match, Mata became the motor of the creative team’s attack. His combination with Bruno Fernandes, Anthony Elanga, and Cristiano Ronaldo, is so fluid. This ciamik performance is also a farewell for Mata to MU.
1. Juan Mata was actively involved in the attack
During 75 minutes of action, Mata appeared impressive. He was actively involved in attack and was able to release many dangerous passes into the Brentford defense area. Noted, he made 20 passes into the area of the final third of Brentford.
Not only that, Mata also managed to release three passes to the Brentford penalty box, as well as a total of 63 passes in this game with 90 percent accuracy. He also touched the ball 69 times, signifying he was heavily involved in the game.
2. Ralf Rangnick explains the reason for lowering Mata
Manchester United’s interim manager, Ralf Rangnick, explained why he started Mata early in the match against Brentford. According to him, Mata performed well in the match against Chelsea, and often showed good performance in training.
“Mata is very good in training and when he appeared in the match against Chelsea, he also showed good performance. He deserves to be in the first team. I also decided to play him in the attacking midfield position,” said Rangnick, reported by the club’s official website.
3. A lovely farewell to Mata at Old Trafford
This slick appearance also became Mata’s farewell to the Old Trafford public, after nine seasons of service for MU. Mata’s contract expires at the end of this season, and it is certain that he will not continue with Manchester United next season.
In the next two games, Manchester United will no longer be at Old Trafford. As a result, as a form of respect, Mata was given minutes to play from the start in this match. Luckily, he also put on an impressive performance.