Mata thrilled to have come on as a sub to win the match for Man Utd.


Manchester United attacking midfielder Juan Mata was delighted on Instagram on Saturday night after the Spaniard scored the winning goal as United beat Crystal Place 1-0 at Old Trafford.

The 26-year-old came off the bench to replace Adnan Januzaj and scored in the 67th-minute to seal the winner on Saturday, helping the Louis van Gaal’s men to climb up to sixth in the league table.

And the United play-maker was glad to score the winning goal which gave United an important win as they target a top-four finish.

“Very happy, very important win! @manchesterunited,” Mata wrote on Instagram.

“I was thinking if I come on I would try to change the game and luckily I did it,” Mata told BBC Sport.

“The manager told me I was playing on the right, I tried to make the pitch wide and come inside as well. That is what I did. The most important thing is that we won and the three points will help us to carry on this good run.

“Right now I am very happy with the goal. I have three at this moment of the season. I always try to help the team. Hopefully now in the international break we can recover our injuries.”

The 20-times champions travel to north London in two weeks time to play Arsenal next at the Emirates after the international break.


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