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Heardy

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Needs to be managed as his legs can’t handle 90 mins every game/week.

Technically one of our best players though and some of his link up play is still a class above half the team.

Chuffed for him.
 

MiracleInMadrid

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Has been saying it for a long time. He must play against in matches we expect to dominate on the ball. Plays and thinks twice as fast as most of the rest of the squad. We aren't going to break down teams on the regular with players taking 3 and 4 touches almost every time and everywhere on the pitch.

Mata knows witch option he has before he recieves the ball. So rare to see in our team nowadays.
 

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Can't believe how great Mata has been, should be an automatic starter at this rate. We played some beautiful football with him and Bruno. :drool:
 

acnumber9

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He was outstanding tonight. Really enjoyed watching him play. He still has it.
 

UNITED ACADEMY

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Beautiful performance and that’s what happen when you have creativity other than Bruno, it gives you so much balance in attack rather than just having front three of goalscorer which the point why Ole wanted Sancho.
 

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No surprise really. People are too rash to judge him when he is played with the second string. Give him some intelligent players around him and he will shine.
 
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Dec9003

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He should always play against teams that are happy for us to have the ball like Newcastle. I think he’s a bit underrated in general for us, really good player.
 

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Some of his link up play with Bruno though ! Brilliant. Both have good footballing brain and definitely linked up much better than anything I have seen with Bruno-Pogba link (regardless of the results).
 

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Brilliant performance. Very happy for him and we won.
 

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Was awesome today, some of his one-touch football and link-up play was sensational. He links up well with our other midfielders too, really rolled back the years.
 

horsechoker

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Not sure if the Bruno comparisons are warranted, Mata has played at a higher level for longer and won more than Bruno but they are different stages of their career. Mata's been out of form while Bruno has established himself.

It's an apples and oranges comparison even if they play similar positions.
 

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MOTM by a mile. His legs might be gone, but his footballing intelligence is almost second to none. Always seems to be in the right place and always seems to know where everyone else is, Could have had 3 assist tonight, That one touch pass to Rashford was pure sex
 
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One of my favourite players of the last decade. Horribly misused for the majority of his United career, technically fantastic. I wish we would have given him the 10 position from 2014 instead of shifting him to the wing to accommodate Rooney.

Man of the match every game he’s played this season. Baller.
 

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I honestly thought Mata was finished six months ago. Fair play to him for rolling back the years.
 

Livvie

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Some of his link up play with Bruno though ! Brilliant. Both have good footballing brain and definitely linked up much better than anything I have seen with Bruno-Pogba link (regardless of the results).
It was like that pre lockdown
 

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Seems like Ole is the only one that has understood Mata as a player. Moyes was rigid. LvG didn't allow creative freedom. Mourinho set player into a specific system so under all three Mata was a limited player often chucked on the right where his strengths wasn't utilized. He's got slightly better players around him now.
 

Livvie

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Not sure if the Bruno comparisons are warranted, Mata has played at a higher level for longer and won more than Bruno but they are different stages of their career. Mata's been out of form while Bruno has established himself.

It's an apples and oranges comparison even if they play similar positions.
He wasnt out of form as much as not being picked
 

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Easily the MOTM for me. If he keeps this form up, Ole is going to have a right headache as to who to drop to accomodate him
 

kundalini

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I was surprised by how good Mata was. Didn't expect him to be so prominent in an away game.
 

Dudu

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What a performance. :drool:

So many of you lot didn't even think he deserved to be a squad player..
 

Bwuk

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He’s the smartest player in the side. Always looks far better when surrounded by players like VdB, Bruno etc, people who can play the way he wants too
 

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Excellent, excellent game. Reminds me of his time at Chelsea under Benitez.
 

anant

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He’s the smartest player in the side. Always looks far better when surrounded by players like VdB, Bruno etc, people who can play the way he wants too
Exactly. Play him with technically good players and he'll drop a 7/10 or higher every week. Play him with Lingard and Ighalo, and you'd see him drop a 4/10
 
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Devil81

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Would love to see him more often with Fernandes, they really do link up well.

Sad thing is he's practically finished but he's craved a player like Bruno and Donny his whole time at United.
 

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Seems like Ole is the only one that has understood Mata as a player. Moyes was rigid. LvG didn't allow creative freedom. Mourinho set player into a specific system so under all three Mata was a limited player often chucked on the right where his strengths wasn't utilized. He's got slightly better players around him now.
...and yet, no coaching debate still on.

Seriously.