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Solskjaer lauds Juan Mata after display against Brighton.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer lauds Juan Mata's display against Brighton in the Carabao Cup.

United secured a win over Brighton for the second time in a week but this time around it was in the Carabao Cup competition.

Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer heaped praise on Juan Mata after the Spanish midfield maestro's display in Manchester United's win against Brighton in the Carabao Cup.

Solskjaer's Red Devils sealed a 3-0 win over Brighton and Hove Albion on Wednesday night thanks to goals from midfield stars Scott McTominay, Mata, and Paul Pogba.

This was a different contest compared to their dramatic 3-2 Premier League win against the Seagulls over the weekend and after the clash at the Amex stadium last night, the United boss hailed Mata's composure on the ball, saying that the 32-year-old 'calmed us down'.

Solskjaer, speaking to Sky: "A great performance by Juan Mata. He was the one who got on the ball and calmed us down. He was composed. He more or less creates the first goal himself. I am never surprised when he plays like this.

"He has been around the block and knows football. He does his work and is at the back stick to shield the ball from Dan Burn at a corner in the second half.

On France international Pogba, who scored the third goal on the night, the Norwegian said: "We needed the first 20-25 minutes to get our confidence and get on the ball. We have worked on set-pieces. You keep a clean sheet and this is important for a back four."

"We wanted to put him on for 25-30 minutes for a work-out. The game was there for him. Paul and Marcus (Rashford) found some good positions."

When quizzed about United's transfer business, he said: "I can't give you any news. We are working with what we have got. We have a big squad. We changed 10 players from Saturday. If there is any update, we will let you know.

"I don't comment on other teams' players. I can't concern myself with other clubs. I know the club is working well and hard to have a strong squad as possible. Sometimes speculation is there and we can't control that."

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