Browsing Juan Mata

Manchester United, Jose Mourinho, Zlatan Ibrahimovic & a Fantastic Beginning

Posted on 15 Aug, 2016, by in Soccer

The Jose Mourinho debut as manager of Manchester United in a Premier League match went as expected: A win. Not an exciting one, but a powerful one, if that’s even a way to describe. Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored, Wayne Rooney and Juan Mata did too. Eric Bailly looked very good in defense, and overall it was an interesting change compared to the depressing performances of last season. More

Match Highlights – San Jose Earthquakes vs Manchester United

Posted on 22 Jul, 2015, by in Soccer

It’s another win for Manchester United in the International Champions Cup friendly tour, beating San Jose Earthquakes with goals from Juan Mata, Memphis Depay and Andres Pereira, while Fatai Alashe got one back for the hosts just before half time. More

Manchester United – Angel di Maria Gets a Very Rough Welcome

Posted on 31 Aug, 2014, by in Soccer

Another match, another new big-name and big-money signing, yet nothing changes for Louis van Gaal and Manchester United. Angel di Maria seems to be the next in line of a long list of players confused as to the tactics that are being utilized and the assignments they’re required to do, resulting in bad football, hardly any chances created and still no wins under the new manager. More

Manchester United – Louis van Gaal Knows He Has Work to do

Posted on 17 Aug, 2014, by in Soccer

Reality hit Manchester United and it’s manager, Louis van Gaal, in the face on the opening match of the new Premier League season. Wayne Rooney did score a goal, but it was far from enough against an alleged inferior opponent. The combination of new and changing tactics, young and ill-positioned players with similar problems to those from last season resulted in a terribly disappointing performance. More

Manchester United – Wayne Rooney Shines Bright in Sabotage Aftermath

Posted on 27 Apr, 2014, by in Soccer

The beginning of the Ryan Giggs era, as short or long as it may become, was a great one for Manchester United, getting a win, a convincing one, at Old Trafford, which has been an issue for them this season. Wayne Rooney looked a bit better than the rest of the players, joining his brace to that of Juan Mata, and the England international might be one of the few to actually come out as winners at the club from this horrendous season. More

Manchester United – David Moyes Has No Clue About Tactics

Posted on 25 Mar, 2014, by in Soccer

Anyone still trying to defend David Moyes and anything he’s done to Manchester United this season is running out of excuses and explanations. Fielding a lineup with no wingers and later on stuffing Shinji Kagawa, Wayne Rooney and Juan Mata on the same pitch is yet another low in the clueless approach and desperation of a manager who is simply way in over his head. More

Manchester United – Wayne Rooney & Robin van Persie Stuck With David Moyes

Posted on 17 Mar, 2014, by in Soccer

It’s hard to put a finger on just one thing David Moyes did in a humiliating loss for Manchester United against their biggest rivals. From the defense with Phil Jones and Nemanja Vidic which looked scared and panicked, to the non existent midfield with Marouane Fellaini and Michael Carrick. The wings, with two players not built for this kind positioning or physicality in Juan Mata and Adnan Januzaj, while two forwards in Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney are made useless by wrong tactics and zero sense of confidence and drive. More

Manchester United – David Moyes Continues to Misuse Juan Mata

Posted on 13 Feb, 2014, by in Soccer

An away draw at the Emirates isn’t a bad result, but given the wider context of Manchester United winning only twice in their last ten matches, of David Moyes not even being creative enough to make up new excuses and Juan Mata finding it difficult to understand why on earth would he be used as winger makes the result a lot worse than it would have been in previous years. More

Manchester United – Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie & Juan Mata Deserve a Better Manager

Posted on 10 Feb, 2014, by in Soccer

Who knows how many crosses Manchester United would have ended up with if the referee wouldn’t have blown his whistle? Setting new records aside, another disappointing result shows once more that David Moyes just isn’t the manager to get something special out of Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney and Juan Mata. More

Manchester United – David Moyes Needs His Stars to Save Him

Posted on 4 Feb, 2014, by in Soccer

There’s a huge gulf between many Manchester United supporters about the amount of time David Moyes should be given to try and redeem what is so far a very poor first season at the job. No matter how you try to spin the facts and the situation, it’s probably going to be up to his top players – Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie and newly arrived Juan Mata to save him. More