David de Gea predicted Juan Mata goal

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Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea correctly predicted Juan Mata would score against Newcastle United during last Friday's training session.

Mata struck twice in the Red Devils' 4-0 victory, the first of which was a beautiful free-kick, and celebrated by embracing his compatriot on the St James' Park touchline. In his weekly blog, Mata has clarified why he went over to De Gea, who was rested ahead of Wednesday night's Champions League quarter-final second leg against Bayern Munich.

The Spain international also revealed how United's first-choice 'keeper told him he would score against the Magpies - 24 hours before he did just that.

"By the way, you may wonder about my celebration with De Gea," Mata wrote. "The reason is that we had been practising free-kicks the day before and David said I was going to score against Newcastle... because that day I was misfiring all my shots! And so it happened."

Mata was praised for his man-of-the-match performance against Newcastle, and the 25-year-old - who arrived at Old Trafford in a £37.1m deal from Chelsea in January - admitted he was delighted with his, and the team's, display.

"After the match I was very happy from a personal point of view; moreover, I was really pleased with the effort made by all players to win, and it's a key victory to try to climb on the table and to go to Germany full of confidence," Mata added.

"I scored and enjoyed on the pitch again; I wish the streak goes on until the end of the season. As I said after the game, I have a very good understanding with my team-mates and I was also very happy with Chicha and Adnan's goals."

Manchester United rose to sixth place in the Premier League table with that 4-0 victory, although they will slip back down to seventh if Tottenham beat Sunderland at White Hart Lane this evening.

The Red Devils are also now seven points behind fourth-placed Arsenal; however, with just five matches remaining, it appears to be a two-horse race between the Gunners and fifth-placed Everton for the final Champions League spot.

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