Mata loving Bruno and Ighalo link-up
Juan Mata says everyone at Manchester United is "very happy" to have both Bruno Fernandes and Odion Ighalo on board, after the pair made yet another impact on a victory for the Reds.
In Thursday's 5-0 win over LASK in Austria, Ighalo scored a stunning first-half goal - sublimely set up by Fernandes - before feeding Daniel James to double United's advantage early in the second period.
“It's great to have Bruno in the team, and also Odion who is scoring in almost every single game that he plays,” Mata told MUTV's Stewart Gardner.
“They're great guys, and we're very happy now with them in the team.”
“We like to play the same way, passing and moving and giving lines.
“We like playing with each other and looking for our forwards in behind like we did with Dan today and with Odion who scored a fantastic goal also.”
“Yes, it was a fantastic ball from Fred,” acknowledged Juan.
“It was difficult to see my run because there were many players in front of him but he's got that beautiful left foot and that vision. It was a perfect ball and I could finish.
“After that we scored another two goals [through Mason Greenwood and Andreas Pereira], so I think in the last 15 minutes we killed the game and we are very happy about that.”
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“I don't remember playing behind closed doors before so of course it was a different game,” admitted Mata.
“It feels strange. It's like training, when you play a game in training, there's no crowd and it felt a little bit the same. But of course your mind is in a competitive mood and you know that it is an official game so we did what we were asked to do which is to play in these circumstances. We need to act accordingly and trust in the experts and perform like we did today.
“I would say it was a very professional performance so of course, winning 5-0, we can say that we had a very good first leg. But when we play at Old Trafford we will try to win the game again and play good and try to score and try to enjoy our football like we did today.”
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