Juan Mata loves taking part in alongside Donny van de Beek at Manchester United as a result of he ‘understands soccer’ in a approach that he likes.
Van de Beek and Mata linked up for United’s second purpose of the evening at Brighton because the Reds recorded their second win in 5 days on the Amex, transferring into the Carabao Cup quarter-finals within the course of.
Mata’s strike was arrange fantastically by Van de Beek, who skilfully performed the ball into the 32-year-old’s path earlier than the Spaniard reduce inside onto his proper foot and stroked the ball residence.
“Very intelligent help,” Mata advised Sky Sports activities when requested about Van de Beek’s position within the purpose. “He’s a really intelligent participant. I really like taking part in with him as a result of he finds pocket of area and he understands soccer in a approach that I like, which is taking part in one-twos, passing and transferring and the purpose was like that.
“He is all the time in the proper place, he flicked the ball to me and I may end with my proper foot.”
On United’s ambitions to win the competitors, Mata mentioned: “That’s what is in our thoughts to attempt to elevate trophies for our followers. We did it in 2017, so we wish to do it once more. We attempt to win each recreation in each competitors and this one is in fact totally different this 12 months as a result of we’re taking part in at an early stage however hopefully we will undergo quarter-finals, semi-finals and play at Wembley which is all the time good.”