The senior writer of GIVEMESPORT, a British online football sports news site, Rob Hoskin, wrote inter alia: “Juan Mata prevented more speculation surrounding the future of Louis van Gaal after he scored a magnificent free-kick to seal a 1-0 victory for Manchester United against Watford . . .”
I was flabbergasted and annoyed at the above report. The question is, what exactly did Mr. Hoskin of GIMEMESPORT mean?
I’d like to state unequivocally that though Juan Mata scored a brilliant free kick goal, he did not prevent any speculation or more speculations surrounding the future of Louis van Gaal after Mata scored that magnificent free-kick to give United all the three points. I’ve said this the umpteenth time: Louis Van Gaal is not going any where until his contract with the Red Devils expire! And when he does go, Assistant Manager, Ryan Giggs, will take over. That’s the Manchester United way!
Mata is the Matter. Juan Mata (photo: above) was the physical substance in general at the pitch at Old Trafford when he scored that brilliantly curved free kick against Watford at Old Trafford, and his performance was as distinct from the mind and spirit of Manchester United’s detractors.
Mata is the Matter! The Spanish midfielder, Juan Mata, was it and he single-handedly gave United the whole three points against Watford – period!
Juan Mata captained Manchester United for the first time, won the Man of the Match award and scored the winning goal as Watford were defeated 1-0 by United at Old Trafford.
The Spaniard picked up 77 per cent of the star-man vote on Twitter, ahead of fellow nominees Morgan Schneiderlin and Marcos Rojo, after emerging as the hero on a big night for the Red Devils as Louis van Gaal’s men moved level on points with fourth-placed Manchester City in the Barclays Premier League table.
Photo: United Spanish midfielder, Juan Mata, celebrates after his brilliant free kick goal against Watford at Old Trafford
Wearing the armband was a proud moment for the creative midfielder and he recalled his “perfect day” when speaking exclusively to MUTV after the final whistle.
“It was very, very important to win today,” Mata explained. “It’s not the prettiest game we’ve played this season but we needed the points, especially because our rivals didn’t win their games. It was massive, this victory, for us and that’s why we celebrated like we did.
It was very good [to be captain]. I’m very proud and very honoured to wear it [the armband]. It was the perfect day for me – winning, scoring, three massive points and being captain. I’m too happy today!
Because of the side [the right-hand part of the pitch], I had more angle than him that time and I tried to put it to the goalkeeper’s side,” explained Mata. “I think he [Heurelho Gomes] couldn’t see the ball and, luckily, it went in.
You can call it however you want, maybe it’s an ugly win but it’s a win in our race and we are still going. We will never give up. We are closer now to fourth, third and second and will try to win again on Sunday.
The Premier League is not easy and it’s never finished until the last game. We have to fight until the end, we won a massive game against Arsenal last weekend and won today again. We’re on a good run while our rivals are having problems. We have to take advantage of that and I think we did really well in winning.”
Juan Mata, United Captain, United vs Watford match at Old Trafford, Wednesday March 2, 2016
The Boss, Louis Van Gaal, on the United vs Watford victory:
On the result
“I am very happy for the players because they have fought until the end, and they knew out on the pitch that our competitors were losing. We wanted to win, you have to win against Watford at home, I think, but it was a difficult game because of the wind. It became a physical game and, when you see the size of our opponents compared to us, it’s very difficult for us. We fought until the end and scored a goal, so I am very happy for them.”
“Watford played very well, they pressed very high up and we had difficulty with that. We gave a lot of chances away but, of course, it was because of their pressing, I cannot deny that. We still had our chances and I’m very pleased with this victory – it’s come at the right moment.”
Potentially substituting Juan Mata
“It is true, because he was limping at the time. We were in a better moment, so I didn’t want to change him anymore. I had changed the shape with [Anthony] Martial in the striker’s position and [Marcus] Rashford on the right wing. At that time, we were in a better shape, so I didn’t want to change it. Then Juan scored the goal, so I’m very happy I let him stay on.”
Watch the Juan Mata free-kick Goal ~ Manchester United vs Watford 1-0 [02/03/2016] below:
Watch the match highlights below:
Mata was the matter, the man of the match . . .
Up Man U!