Mata faces Newcastle this Saturday, team against he did one of his most memorable performances (in April 2014). Against the ‘Magpies’, he has scored three goals and assisted three times in ten games. Benítez, with whom he won the Europa League in 2013, will be on the rival´s bench.
This Saturday, Manchester United and Newcastle will meet at Old Trafford. After the International break, the Premier returns with a special game for Juan. On the one hand, the Asturian will face the team against whom he lived his first big night as a United player. On the other, Rafa Benítez, the coach with whom he won the Europa League 2012/13 in a season in which he produced some spectacular numbers (19 goals and 35 assists in 64 matches), will be on the bench.
Juan, signed by ManU in January 2014, had made good performances as a Red Devil before 5 April 2014. In fact, he had scored one goal against Aston Villa (29 March). But that 5 April showed his talent. He commanded a spectacular win for United at St. James’ Park (0-4) with two goals and one assist. The first of his goals came after a brilliant free kick. The second, with a finish full of tranquility and class. As a ‘dessert’, he set the 0-4 to Januzaj with a heel pass.The first of his goals that 5 April came after a brilliant free kick Click To Tweet
Beyond this remembered match, Newcastle is a team to the liking of Mata. Since he arrived to England, he has played ten games against this game-week rival. In them, he has scored three goals and assisted three times.