Juan Mata claims Man United’s second goal against Stoke
Juan Mata appears to claim Man United's second goal against Stoke despite Marcos Rojo celebrating
Juan Mata has claimed Manchester United’s second goal against Stoke City despite Marcos Rojo celebrating the strike.
The Spain international was credited with the winner despite United centre-half Rojo claiming that he had helped the ball past Potters goalkeeper Asmir Begovic.
They kept trying to tie the score and had their chances in the last few minutes
Writing in his blog, One Hour Behind, Mata was unsure whether Rojo got a touch, but revealed he had been practicising those type of crosses.
“Many of you have asked me about the second goal,” wrote Mata. “To be honest I couldn’t see whether Marcos had touched the ball or not.
“I just tried to cross the ball in a way that our players had some advantage over the Stoke defenders, but also towards the goal, as we practice in training, so eventually it would go inside if nobody touched it.
“Luckily, that’s what happened. A very important goal.”
Mata added that Mark Hughes’s side provided the Red Devils with a stern test as United edged to a 2-1 victory last Tuesday.
“Beating Stoke was not easy at all,” Mata continued.
“They are a dangerous team, as they showed against Arsenal on Saturday, and you have to be aware of that until the final whistle. They kept trying to tie the score and had their chances in the last few minutes.
“In this game, once again the ball possession was ours, and we scored first, but after the 1-1 we had to work hard for the three points.”