Juan Mata was full of praise for his’very clever’ teammate Donny van de Beek after midfielder Donny van de Beek gave an excellent assist to the Spaniard in his side’s 3-0 victory over Brighton in the Carabao Cup.
The Manchester United – attacker Juan Mata was full of praise for’very clever’ teammate Donny van de Beek after midfielder Donny van de Beek supplied an exquisite assist to the Spaniard in his side’s 3-0 victory over Brighton in the Carabao Cup.
Since joining the club, van de Beek had to bid his time for minutes and both his starts came in the Carabao Cup.
The 23-year-old impressed in a 3-0 win against Luton last week and started against the Seagulls in a number 10 spot.
United entered the break with a goal up after Scott McTominay broke the dealock just before half-time, but the Red Devils failed to create further opportunities to add to their lead until Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford emerged from the bench.
With Brighton struggling to contain United’s fresh substitiutes, Van de Beek was given more space and provided a sublime touch to play Juan Mata in the game to double the home side’s lead.
The crisp touch and speed of thought and execution are exactly why the Dutchman was in such high demand this summer and Mata admits to love playing with the former star of Ajax.
It was a very clever assist, he is a very smart player, said Mata.
I love playing with him because he finds pockets of space and he understands football the way I like by playing Two-Adreys, by passing and moving and the goal was like that.
“He always has the right position, throws the ball to me and makes a good finish with my right hand”
It was United’ second victory of 3-0 in the Carabao Cup this week and Mata was once again named Man of the Match.
The Spaniard is building a bond with Van de Beek and the Dutchman has returned Mata’s compliments by revealing how much he enjoys playing with the former Valencia Ace.
I am really happy to play with players like Juan because he is so creative,’ says Van de Beek.
On the last pass he can play one touch that I like. I am glad to play with a legend like Juan’
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