Juan’s goal from the penalty spot decides the match in Oslo

Mata also caused the previous foul. The win against Kristiansund (0-1) is the fifth for Manchester United of this pre-season. The Spaniard has achieved at least one goal in all the preseasons he has played with ManU. On Saturday, they will face Milan in Cardiff.

Juan Mata gave Manchester United its fifth victory in as many pre-season games. A penalty goal by the Spanish international decided the clash against Kristiansund at the Ullevaal Stadion in Oslo. The penalty came after Juan himself was brought down inside the area by the local goalkeeper in stoppage time. With this goal, the ´8´continues his good form in the pre-season friendlies. He has scored in all the preseasons he has played as a United player.

Solskjaer, much applauded by the Norwegian fans, brought in Mata in the 59th minute. Along with the Spaniard, another ten players came on the pitch, in a total remodelling of the starting XI. In the time he was on the pitch, Juan gave 28 passes and generated three chances. Shortly before the action of the penalty, Mata assisted Pogba in what could have ended in a goal.

“Today was tough. They defended very well and the goalkeepers were very good today. We moved the ball well and there were no injuries so it’s another great step on the way to Chelsea,” Juan said after the game (speaking to MUTV).

The next appointment for ManU in this victorious preparation stage will be on Saturday against Milan at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff. The match corresponds to the International Champions Cup, a tournament in which United has already won Inter and Tottenham.

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