Mata made an instant impact at United.

Top 6: Most assists in Premier League history (1)

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Manchester United forked out £37.1million on Chelsea's Juan Mata at the weekend because of his sheer natural ability to both score and set up goals.

Mata claimed an assist on his debut and played a part in Robin van Persie's opening goal against Cardiff City.

European clubs pay big money for players of Mata's calibre as they are extremely rare.

The Manchester United new-boy has one of the best assists per game ratios in the history of the Premier League.

Click through the following pages to see where Mata ranks on our list.

The following statistics were provided to us by Opta.

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