Rotation is expected for Manchester United tonight away to LASK. This could mean another opportunity for Spanish star Juan Mata.
Mata’s experience could help United cope in the unusual circumstances facing the team in tonight’s game. The match in Austria will be played in a near empty stadium.
The 31-year-old has looked more like himself from late December onwards, when he provided two assists in a win against AZ Alkmaar.
Mata saved his best performance for a fortnight ago, at home to Club Brugge. He created six chances and was unlucky to provide just one assist in a thumping 5-0 victory.
Most impressive was the way Mata linked up with Bruno Fernandes in attack.
The pair seem to be on a similar wavelength, both able to pick a pass, and even late in the game away at Everton when Mata came on, he linked up well with Fernandes.
Fernandes has a case to start this game despite the option to rest him. He played and scored away at LASK in the group stages with Sporting this season, and knows what to expect.
This could be another opportunity for Mata and Fernandes to build on their budding partnership in attack.
Ighalo loves playing with Mata too
Like Fernandes, Odion Ighalo has also only just been at the club for little over a month.
Already he is loving playing with Juan Mata. It was the Spaniard who set up his first ever goal for United against Club Brugge.
The Nigerian striker sent out a tweet this week commenting how much he enjoys playing alongside Mata.
Ighalo is likely to start tonight against LASK with Anthony Martial missing the match with injury.
If United want to get the best out of Ighalo this evening, Mata could have a big part to play.
The Spaniard is developing a partnership with both of United’s January signings.
At this stage of his career he is unlikely to ever be a twice-a-week player, but lately, when he does play he has been very impressive.
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