In this start of the season, Mata is showing that not only contributes on the offensive side. Against Southampton, he was key in an action with Redmond and was very effective in defensive tasks.
It is well known Juan Mata’s ability to destabilise in attack. His numbers proves it: 13 goals and 11 assists last season (30 and 20 since he wears United shirt in 111 matches). He was also the member of the team that created more chances in the last Premier (53).
Perhaps what goes unnoticed in Juan´s game is his defensive performance. His physical and technical characteristics can lead to wrong conclusions. Again, a look at his numbers clarifies the issue. When it comes to stop opponents, Mata is also effective. This season averages 2.4 tackles, 1.2 crosses blocked and 0.6 passes blocked Click To Tweet He is meeting Mourinho´s demands thanks to the great form Juan going through. Last Friday, against Southampton, he ruined a clear chance of Redmond.
In that same game, Squawka´s twitter account showed all his defensive actions until Mata was replaced. Numbers that support his performance on the threshold of a new matchday of the Premier League where United plays Hull City (Saturday, 17:30 pm local time).
Juan Mata’s defensive actions tonight:
100% aerial duels won
100% tackles won
1 interception pic.twitter.com/5gBmV3BIlo
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) 19 de agosto de 2016