Manchester United fans were impressed with the showing of Juan Mata during the recent 2-1 friendly triumph over Real Madrid.
Jose Mourinho’s side ended the United States tour on a high with victory over the reigning European champions and the supporters were keen to highlight the positives from the trip.
Andreas Pereira has no doubt stood out with his performance from midfield but the faithful were equally impressed with combination play from Juan Mata and Alexis Sanchez upfront.
Juan Mata oozes class. On the pitch, and off it.
— CharlieIsARed (@CharlieisaRed) August 1, 2018
Have to say what a good goal from United. The link up play between Mata & Sanchez has been fantastic on the tour & it’s a very good finish from Herrera #MUFC
— Everything Man Utd (@everything_utd) August 1, 2018
Mata and Alexis have started to develop great understanding on the pitch.
— The United Link ? (@TheUnitedLink) August 1, 2018
Juan Mata and Alexis Sanchez act like they’ve been playing football together since they were kids. There’s some sort of connection.
— Big Daddy Gersh (@__gershom) August 1, 2018
I love the work that Mata and Alexis are doing! This clearly shows the right role of Juan Mata, the number 10 role! Alexis is smart and fast, we definitely need a strong defender! Pay whatever it takes for a great defender!
— Jason Gutierrez (@Jey_Gut) August 1, 2018
Mata has not enjoyed a consistent run of matches from the starting lineup under Jose Mourinho but the midfielder may have the opportunity to start the campaign after impressing alongside Sanchez.
Nevertheless, Jose Mourinho may have different plans in place with both Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford expected to return in time for the Premier League opener against Leicester City next week.
Mata has contributed a goal and an assist in five pre-season games this summer and he should feature in the final friendly against Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena on Sunday before the curtain raiser.