Juan Mata scored his seventh goal of the season on Tuesday night to set Manchester United on their way to victory in the first leg of the EFL Cup semi-final tie against Hull. It was the Spaniard's second in his last three games and yet another crucial contribution in 2016/17.


Overall, the two-yard tap-in was Mata's 33rd goal in a United shirt since becoming a club record signing at £37m in 2014 - a rare positive legacy of David Moyes' time at Old Trafford.

Manchester United v Hull City - EFL Cup Semi-Final: First Leg

What's more, he's now scored as many goals for United as he did for Chelsea.


Mata was famously twice Player of the Year at Stamford Bridge, but has now netted the same number for United, and in fewer games to boot.

He played 135 times for Chelsea - an incredible 64 of those came in the 2012/13 season alone, with his appearance against Hull this week just his 129th for United.


This is a player that popular belief suggested would quickly be deemed surplus by new manager Jose Mourinho in the summer following their seemingly strained past relationship.

Manchester United v Hull City - EFL Cup Semi-Final: First Leg

And yet, not only has Mata remained a hugely important player in Mourinho's plans, he's even continued to captain the side on occasion and remains a firm fan favourite.


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