After his two-goal display in United’s comprehensive 4-0 win over Newcastle on Saturday, Juan Mata pens his weekly blog in good spirits…
The truth is, after a game like Saturday's, I realise once again how nice football can be, and how much you enjoy the few days following a victory and a good performance. I still have a smile on my face.
To spend a relaxed Sunday knowing that you have done your job is priceless. And it was not an easy thing to do at St. James' Park, but the team delivered and we got three more points to keep this great [winning] streak of away games.
After the match I was very happy from a personal point of view and I was really pleased with the effort made by all players to win – and it's a key victory to try to climb up the table and to go to Germany full of confidence.
I scored and I wish the streak will go on until the end of the season. As I said after the game, I have a very good understanding with my team-mates and I was also very happy with Chicha and Adnan's goals. You may wonder about my celebration with De Gea. The reason is that we had been practising free-kicks the day before and David said I was going to score against Newcastle... because that day I was misfiring all my shots! And so it happened.
This victory gives us a lot of energy for our game in Munich on Wednesday. In the first leg, the support from Old Trafford was our power to cope with such a tough game. It was a great night that I had to enjoy from the stands.
On Wednesday I'll be supporting from home, in front of the TV, aware that the Allianz Arena is one of the toughest stadiums in Europe... but also aware that we are Manchester United and I'm sure we can make it through!
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