Juan Mata.

This video shows why Juan Mata is called El Mago

Monday 10 May 2021 09:00

Juan Mata may have been an unused substitute as Manchester United beat Aston Villa on Sunday, yet the Spaniard still managed to wow supporters with a moment of magic.

The immensely popular Spaniard watched from the bench at Villa Park as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's Reds came from behind to win 3-1, thanks to goals from Bruno Fernandes, Mason Greenwood and substitute Edinson Cavani

Sunday's victory was the first of three Premier League fixtures that United will play in five days and Mata is likely to be involved on Tuesday night, when Leicester City will visit Old Trafford for an 18:00 BST kick-off

Judging by a moment that our cameras captured in the pre-match warm-up, Juan is looking sharp and still has a skilled eye for goal.

Stood several yards behind the goalline, the man affectionately known as El Mago scoops the ball up and effortlessly strikes it towards goal with the outside of his left foot... and it bends delightfully into the net.

As you'll see in the clip below, David De Gea asks our cameraman if he caught the shot before Alex Telles congratulates his team-mate, even shining his boots! 

Watch the incredible moment of skill from Mata at Villa Park.


Speaking after the final whistle on Sunday, Solskjaer admitted he will make wholesale changes for the visit of Leicester on Tuesday night - which could present an opportunity for Mata.

Juan was voted our Player of the Month back in September and hopes to make his 16th appearance of the season against the Foxes.

“I think everyone is capable of doing a Thursday-Sunday, but to put in Tuesday is, more or less, demanding too much of them," said the boss.

"Adding Thursday is impossible - absolutely physically impossible. So I have to now make sure that I don’t run the risk of getting injuries. So recovery time is, more or less, all the time you have, two days in between and play on the third day.

"At this level, it is impossible. The boys who played Thursday night and today [Sunday] will not play 90 minutes on Tuesday, for sure.”

A big victory at Villa Park: