The Spain international netted the Red Devils’ third goal in the second half as David Moyes’ men secured victory to bounce back from the disappointment of their derby defeat in midweek.
And the 25-year-old, who joined United from Chelsea in January in a £37.1m deal, was delighted to net his first goal for his new club.
I will try to score as many as I can between now and the end of the season
“It feels very good, it’s taken a few games but today was the day,” Mata told MUTV.
“I felt that it was coming and, thankfully, it was today. I feel very happy and very grateful to the fans who were supporting me in the game today.
“I will try to score as many as I can between now and the end of the season and hopefully it is the first of many in my Manchester United career.”
Mata also moved to praise man-of-the-match Wayne Rooney, who netted United’s first two goals against the visitors.
“He’s doing very well for us, scores almost every game and is so passionate about playing for this club,” Mata added. “I’m very happy for him and hopefully he can keep scoring until the end of the season.”
“I really enjoyed linking up with him as we had spaces to play between their lines. I really like to play with him because he is top striker.”
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