Mata’s 54th-minute strike was enough to seal a win at Old Trafford in the 173rd Manchester derby
Juan Mata was pleased with Manchester United's win over local rivals Manchester City in the EFL Cup on Wednesday night as his second-half strike helped Jose Mourinho's side reach the quarter-finals of the competition.
The Red Devils bounced back to winning ways with a 1-0 win over City and following the triumph Mata said: "From the first minute until the last, we left everything on the pitch," he said. "We knew we had to be strong in our minds to face this game and I think we were that. We showed today that we're still competing.
"I think it was very important to win after the defeat we had in London. It was a massive game for us, a derby, and it's always difficult to play against Manchester City as they play very good football. We gave one hundred percent and we won today."
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Of his 54th-minute winner, Mata said: "Every time you score an important goal it’s obviously a great feeling. I think we started very well in the second half, playing good football and creating chances and that's why we scored."
Mata, who was replaced by Morgan Schneiderlin late in the game, said his teammates are happy they are back to winning ways and also have one eye on the Burnley game at Old Trafford this weekend.
"We need to leave everything on the pitch every single game to win," he insisted. "It’s not easy to play against any team. The feeling today is happiness but tomorrow we’ll start thinking about the next game."
Mata was speaking to Mutv and Sky Sports