Mata’s most influential display so far and, although he was cup-tied for the below-par defeat to Olympiacos, his displays earned him the February Player of the Month award from the club’s fans.
Mata continued to settle in well at Old Trafford, missing just one game in March – he was ineligible for the Champions League victory over Olympiacos. He finished the month in memorable fashion, scoring his first goal for United in front of the Stretford End in a 4-1 win over Aston Villa. “I feel very happy and very grateful to the fans,” he said afterwards. “I will try to score as many as I can between now and the end of the season and hopefully it is the first of many in my Manchester United career.”
Having broken his duck against Villa, Mata was in excellent scoring form during April, netting four goals in just three appearances. He shone against Newcastle, opening the scoring with an accurate free-kick and adding a second with a cool finish before providing an assist for Adnan Januzaj. He was clearly delighted with his role in the 4-0 win,