English Premiership

Mata hails Old Trafford crowd

2015-04-15 10:17
Juan Mata (AFP)

Cape Town - Juan Mata, scorer in Manchester United's 4-2 win over Manchester City, says the atmosphere during the derby fixture was " the best atmosphere at home since I arrived to United".

The Red Devils went into the fixture without a win in their previous four derby fixtures and soon found themselves trailing to a Sergio Aguero goal before Louis van Gaal's side clicked into gear and heaped the pressure on City's struggling defence.

The Spanish international has shone since being re-introduced to the Manchester United starting lineup scoring three goals and providing one assist in his last three league fixtures.

Mata wrote on his blog:

"Beating your Manchester rival and, on top of that, being able to score in front of your crowd is a truly amazing feeling, especially because we stretch our good moment and we keep adding points.

I may sound repetitive but once again I have to say that the best part is the incredible atmosphere that Old Trafford generates.

I have to admit that it was arguably the game with the best atmosphere at home since I arrived to United, and I realised that already during the warm-up…

It was a special game, we had had several consecutive defeats against City and both the fans and the players felt it was time to change that streak. It’s not easy to explain with words what you feel on the pitch, but the thrill of a comeback in a derby is something I will never forget.

The result was amazing, although it is true that things were looking bad at the beginning… They had a strong start, played great football in the first few minutes and managed to score first, but our team showed character and soon afterwards we were able to come back, which confirms that this team does not give up easily.

We have plenty of confidence in ourselves, that’s something you can tell in both the good and the bad moments. Ashley was decisive to tie the score and also in our second goal, and after that we could control the game and add up three more points that are very important to reach our goal.

Perhaps the most remarkable thing, once again, was the character and personality shown by the team after a bad start of the game."


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