Special Juan as United make a feast of Magpies

Special Juan as United make a feast of Magpies

Special Juan as United make a feast of Magpies

Two goals, an assist and an impeccable performance. Juan Manuel Mata Garcia showed why he was Chelsea’s player of the year for two seasons and the reason behind his 37million price tag, as Man United visited one of their Old Trafford conquerors, Newcastle United, demolishing Alan Pardew’s men 4-0 on aggregate. It may have counted for little in the premiership set up, but it was sweet.

The Spaniard was impressive in his No.10 role as he curved open the Toon defense. His first goal, a free kick, caught Magpies’ keeper, Robert Elliot, napping. His second, as the Red Devils doubled their score, was as a result of intricate play after Shinji Kagawa had stolen the ball and combined well with Javier Hernandez. Mata left Elliot and Newcastle captain, Fabricio Coloccini, on the deck.

It’s sad that Juan is cup-tied and won’t be facing Bayern Munich on Wednesday, given his back heel that found the foot of Adnan Januzaj for the Mancunians’ fourth. But he may not be sorely missed. Shinji Kagawa, a player who thought he had seen his last United days, has been putting up such fine performances, that with Mata and Januzaj on board, Robin van Persie’s injury is soon becoming forgotten.

The former Borussia Dortmund playmaker was elegant in his approach, his creative skills being enforced, as his cut back for Chicharito’s third goal proved. His passing was dangerous, too, and it can’t be forgotten that when he was brought in for Ryan Giggs against the Bavarians on Tuesday, United’s tempo was raised. Seeing the trio of Mata, Kagawa and Januzaj combine may ensure the Red Devils’ season ends well.

At the other end, there was no David de Gea, but Anders Lindegaard was up to task, pulling crucial saves that would have put the Magpies back in the game, though the defensive partnership of Phil Jones and Chris Smalling wasn’t troubled much. How Pardew missed the services of Loic Remy and the gone Yohan Cabaye.

 That said, it was lovely seeing the English record holders put up a scintillating attacking display. Even Luis Nani, who had been out for months, was given a run and his pass led to the fourth goal. It’s such days, such displays that have been sorely missed by the Old Trafford faithful. It’s such performances that may give the United fans a shot of aesthesia if they can finish the season on a high, starting with the Allianz Arena showdown.

David Moyes is starting to get his footing. Don’t be too cautious, oh ye Glaswegian. There’s enough artillery in your brigade.

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