Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata has revealed that he talked to his teammate Ashley Young before taking a free-kick against Juventus.
Jose Mourinho side secured a 2-1 win over Italian champions Juventus in the Champions League group stage on Wednesday night at Allianz Stadium.
Former United ace Cristiano Ronaldo helped the host to take a lead in 65 minutes of the game. But United bit back after 21 minutes when Mata scored a stunning free-kick before Leonardo Bonucci’s unfortunate own-goal.
Therefore, Mata was seen saying things to Ashley Young before the goal, the Spaniard has now revealed what said to United captain.
“As soon as there was the free-kick in there, I had the confidence that I had to take it,” Mata told the club’s official website.
“I told Ash: ‘Please let me take it because I can go over the wall.’”
“It’s very difficult for the goalkeeper because they don’t see a lot with the wall so close.”
“So I tried to do what I do in training a lot of times, practising, practising.”
“It was important to score to make it 1-1 and, after, it led us to the 1-2.”
“I think because of the venue and the importance of the game, it’s one of the best [that I’ve scored].”
Juan Mata scores a terrific free kick to equalize for #ManUtd!
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“We came back and did the most difficult thing, which is scoring twice when you’re losing away against Juventus,” Mata added.
“Fantastic team, fantastic stadium, great atmosphere, very difficult to play against.”
“But this is football and when you have two dangerous free-kicks you have to make the most of them and we did that in the last five minutes, and it was a very, very positive feeling at the end of the game.”
“When you come back to Manchester after suffering that match – especially in the second half, with some chances for them – with the three points, it’s a big step in the group stage for us.”