Netease Sports reported on October 1:
Last weekend, the league defeated Brighton 3-2 in an away game, and only 4 days later the two teams met in the same venue in the English League Cup. Both teams played as substitutes in the League Cup, this time
Because it was playing as a substitute, Manchester United's offensive coordination did not have any tacit understanding. The offense mainly relied on personal ability. After the opening, Manchester United's offensive performance was not ideal and there was no threat to Brighton's goal until the goal in the 44th minute. The goal was first when Mata took the ball forward on the right, and there was no disadvantage against Brighton's 2.01 meter defender Byrne. In the end, Byrne had no choice but to foul and received a yellow card. Mata took a free kick and used the iconic left-footed arc to accurately find McTominay, who was in the middle, and McTominay scored with a header from close range.
After Manchester United took a 1-0 lead, the next game became very good, and the second half opportunities also increased. In the 73rd minute, Manchester United played a beautiful offensive cooperation. Van der Beck made a wonderful pass from the front heel of the penalty area and Mata took the penalty area. The ball faced the blocking of Brighton captain Dunk, and the clever sway made Dunk take his leg. Mata seized the fleeting opportunity to shoot a 14-yard pass through the crotch. The goalkeeper’s sight was blocked and he could only watch. The ball goes into the net. Manchester United led 2-0 and Mata sealed the victory for Manchester United.
Mata's goal reflects his dexterity, technique and ability to seize opportunities. As long as he is a little slower, there is no room for shooting. Mata's man-ball combination with the ball in the penalty area is very good. The ball is almost always on the foot and seems to be able to shoot at any time. This forces Dunk to make a diagonal step to the ground. Increase the defensive area, but Mata shoots as soon as he stepped out, and Dunk fell to the ground slowly and the defender came over to make up the defense, Mata could not shoot.
In addition, Mata has 32 assists in Manchester United. As a midfielder, this kind of efficiency is already good. In the past two years, Mata has gradually become a substitute. His playing opportunities and starting opportunities have been greatly reduced, but as long as there is a chance, he Qualified, he contributed 5 goals and 8 assists for Manchester United's starters for nearly 15 times. Both starts in the new season have scored in the English League Cup.
Mata is now 32 years old. With the increase of age, his physical fitness declines. In the high-tempo, fierce confrontation and high-level