The Spanish playmaker broke the deadlock at Old Trafford in the 32nd minute as he found the net from close range following Anthony Martial’s clever pass.
The France international was restored to the starting line-up by Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho and the striker did not disappoint with his fine display.
Martial put Manchester United 2-0 up in the 60th minute with a composed finish in front of the Stretford End after being put through by Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Former Manchester United defender Neville took to social media to celebrate Mata’s opener at Old Trafford, after Jan Aage Fjortoft had also paid tribute to Martial’s display.
Martial looking sharp so far
— Jan Aage Fjortoft (@JanAageFjortoft) February 11, 2017
And Neville then chimed in after Mata’s opener:
Mata always scores
— Philip Neville (@fizzer18) February 11, 2017
After Martial made it 2-0, former Manchester United man Mikael Silvestre added:
— Mikael Silvestre (@IamMSilvestre) February 11, 2017
The win left Manchester United 11 points behind leaders Chelsea before the Blues take on Burnley at Turf Moor in their next game on Sunday afternoon.
The Red Devils are up to fifth in the Premier League table thanks to the win, which extended their unbeaten run in the top flight to 16 games.
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