Juan Mata was instrumental in Manchester United’s 3-0 win against Stoke on Tuesday night, as the Spaniard pulled the strings superbly, as his side played with an attacking intent they had not shown at any other stage of the season.
Deployed in his favourite number 10 role, the former Chelsea man, who scored against Derby a few days earlier, was mightily impressive alongside Wayne Rooney and Anthony Martial. Louis Van Gaal has suggested Mata will continue to be selected in his favourite position as long as he continues to control games the way he did against the Potters, adding Mata had only himself to blame for being deployed in a different role.
Anthony Martial has revealed he has learnt a lot from Wayne Rooney since joining Manchester United, adding he’s happy to sacrifice himself for the team.
The Frenchman has been one of United’s few bright lights this season, displaying a talent and maturity uncommon for a 19-year-old but, after hitting the ground running since joining from Monaco, his attacking potential has been limited by Louis Van Gaal’s decision to deploy out on the left.
Juan Mata has set his sights to a winning run this month as Manchester United look to put a rather dismal January behind them.
Despite picking up wins against Swansea and Liverpool in the Premier League and beating Sheffield United and Derby County in the FA Cup, United have come under intense scrutiny last month, with Louis Van Gaal’s future at the club increasingly under a cloud.
Jesse Lingard has urged Manchester United to maintain the same approach they adopted in their 3-1 win against Derby County in the fourth round of the FA Cup on Friday.
United, so often this season criticised for an overly cautious approach, took the game to the Championship outfit, looking to attack from kick off and producing some nice, slick attacking football throughout the game.
Ander Herrera is looking forward to another “special” away game in the FA Cup as Manchester United travel to Derby on Friday night.
The Spaniard, who has previously spoken of his admiration for United’s travelling support, reiterated his feelings for the FA Cup, a competition which he described as really special, but warned Derby will be a tough test for Louis Van Gaal’s side.
Wayne Rooney is still Manchester United’s main man and his recent return to form proves it, according to Morgan Schneiderlin.
The United captain has put a dismal first half to the season behind him by scoring five goals in the last four games in all competitions, including the winner in Sunday’s visit to Anfield and Schneiderlin believes his teammate sets the example in the dressing room.
Chris Smalling believes Wayne Rooney has benefited from being dropped from the starting XI last month after a dismal run of form.
Rooney scored the winner at Anfield on Sunday, his fifth goal in the last four games, and has looked sharper after he was omitted from the team that started the game against Stoke on Boxing Day.
Ander Herrera has made no mystery of his admiration for United away support, often declaring he would love to be standing in the away end.
As Wayne Rooney clinched United’s winner against Liverpool on Sunday, Herrera can be seen sprinting off the bench to celebrate the winner.