Mata helped United deliver the FA Cup .

Juan Mata asked about Alan Pardew's dance on the bench

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Spaniard Juan Mata struck a timely equaliser for Manchester United in their FA Cup final showdown against Crystal Palace on Saturday. 

The Red Devils were heading for defeat after Jason Puncheon netted with 13 minutes remaining, but Mata popped up just a couple of minutes later to keep his side in the cup tie. 

The rest is history, of course: Jess Lingard struck the winning goal in the second period of extra time to secure the club's first major trophy in the post-Sir Alex Ferguson era. 


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Lingard and Mata, then, hogged the headlines for all the right reasons, but it's safe to say that Eagles boss Alan Pardew has endured a fair bit of abuse following the FA Cup final.

And that's because he duly opted to celebrate Puncheon's goal with a fairly interesting dance...

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If you haven't seen it, then here it is: 

Pardew beaten 

Of course, things quickly turned sour for Pardew after his premature celebration...

And now a funny video of Mata - the man who stopped Palace from claiming the cup - has emerged. 

Manchester United v Crystal Palace - The Emirates FA Cup Final

The United number eight, who was replaced by eventual match-winner Lingard, appeared to emulate Pardew's dance moves while asking teammate Morgan Schneiderlin if the Palace boss really did celebrate in that manner. 

Here's the glorious moment Mata spoke to Schneiderlin on the bench: 

What did you make of Pardew's celebration? Have your say below! 

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