Found May 06, 2013 on
It was no great surprise when Juan Mata appeared to score the game-winning goal for Chelsea against Manchester United on Sunday. It also wasn’t a shock when he didn’t get credit for it. His 86th-minute effort deflected off United midfielder Phil Jones and nestled into the goal. It was ruled an own-goal for Jones, but the glory went to Mata and Chelsea. The moment reflected Mata’s fully grown stature — both at Chelsea and in the Premier League. Just when it looked like the tepid meeting between two giants of the English game would cruise to a goalless end,  the Spanish playmaker stepped up and decided the contest’s outcome. Less than two years after joining from Valencia, Mata has become the Blues’ most important and influential attacking player and made him self an essential component of the club’s success. Mata’s progression from expensive import to PFA Player of the Year award finalist is largely due to personal qualities which he successfully applied to his professional life. The...

Mata targets third spot

Juan Mata feels Chelsea can secure third position in the Premier League after his deflected goal helped the Blues to a crucial 1-0 victory at Manchester United. The result means victory for Chelsea against Tottenham at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday will seal a top-four spot thanks to their superior goal difference. And Mata, who has now scored 19 goals in all-competitions this season...

Suarez wants Liverpool stay

Juan Mata insists Chelsea must win their next two games to have any hope of qualifying for next season's Champions League. The Blues face testing Premier League clashes against Manchester United on Sunday before the visit of London neighbours Tottenham on Wednesday. And despite having already booked their place in the Europa League final against Benfica in Amsterdam later this...

Mata grabs winner as Chelsea beats Man United 1-0

Chelsea seized the initiative in the race for Champions League qualification by beating already-crowned champion Manchester United 1-0 on Sunday, with Phil Jones' late own goal proving decisive. Juan Mata's low shot was heading narrowly wide when Jones deflected the ball into the far corner, settling a lackluster match and keeping Chelsea in third place in the Premier League...

Late drama at Old Trafford

Chelsea cemented their top-four standing with a 1-0 victory over Manchester United which produced a dramatic finish. Juan Mata saw an 87th-minute effort deflected into the back of the net by Phil Jones, sending the Blues back into third place, before Rafael was shown a late red card for kicking out at fellow Brazilian David Luiz. Although United boss Sir Alex Ferguson insisted...

Ferguson offers no complaints

Sir Alex Ferguson had no complaints with the result after seeing Manchester United beaten by Chelsea, but felt aggrieved by big decisions. The Red Devils, who have already wrapped up the Premier League title, slipped to a 1-0 defeat at Old Trafford on Sunday. A deflected effort from Juan Mata three minutes from time settled the contest, before Rafael saw red late on for kicking...
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