Manchester United midfielder has said Sunday’s victory against Chelsea was the perfect start to Premier League .
Mata came on from the substitutes bench with 17-year-old Mason Greenwood in the closing stages, as the Reds cruised to a 4-0 victory over his former club.
Speaking on his regular blog, Mata praised the impacts of new signings Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Harry Maguire and Daniel James.
“Chelsea started well, dominating and having some chances, but in the end we took the three points, kept a clean sheet and there were a lot of positives. For example, the debuts for Harry, Aaron and Daniel.”
“They have adapted very quickly to the rest of the team and I am sure they are going to offer us a lot. It was the perfect way to start and the atmosphere at Old Trafford was fantastic. Hopefully we’ll enjoy a lot of afternoons like this one over the coming months.”
However, the Reds did ride their luck at times in the first-half with Chelsea looking the better team in the opening stages.
Tammy Abraham and Emerson both struck the woodwork in an unconvincing first-half display; the teams could have easily gone in level at the break.
Mata admitted the final scoreline may not have reflected the pattern of the game.
“It’s true that the final scoreline was probably a little flattering for what happened out on the pitch itself, but the general feeling is that we had a great second half and scored our goals at key moments,” the Spaniard added.
What was so pleasing about the performance yesterday was that United were clinical in front of goal. There have been concerns that Romelu Lukaku’s exit will mean Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side will struggle for goals this season, but there were no such problems yesterday as Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and new signing Daniel James all got on the scoresheet.
Mata, meanwhile, still has an important role to play in Solskjaer’s squad this season after signing a new contract in the summer. The Spaniard may not start every week, but brings invaluable experience and will be used more when the Reds start their Europa League group-stage campaign.