Ander Herrera shouted tactical instruction at Juan Mata for Marcus Rashford goal

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Manchester United, without Wayne Rooney in the side, cruised to their most impressive victory since Jose Mourinho arrived - and arguably one of their best performances of the post-Sir Alex Ferguson era - against Leicester City on Saturday.

The Red Devils scored four goals in 20 blistering first-half minutes and not even Demarai Gray’s second-half consolation could take the shine off the home side’s eye-catching display.

Chris Smalling scored the opener in the 22nd minute before Juan Mata doubled United’s advantage 15 minutes later. Two goals in two minutes from Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba then effectively wrapped up all three points for the hosts.

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Pundits and fans alike were left salivating over United’s performance and Match of the Day picked up an interesting little moment between Ander Herrera and Mata for the Rashford goal.

Herrera could be seen shouting “Juan!” in the direction of his close friend and compatriot before pointing towards the corner taker, Daley Blind.

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The former Athletic Bilbao midfielder was clearly reminding his teammate to follow a set-piece instruction that, presumably, had been worked on in training last week.

It’s possible that Mata may have been deliberately looking uninterested in an attempt to fool the Leicester defence - but regardless of whether Herrera’s intervention reminded his teammate or not, the set-piece worked to perfection.

Mata span and darted towards the byline before firing the ball across the six-yard box for Rashford to finish.


Juan Mata delighted with victory

“I think we needed something like this,” Mata, speaking to United’s official website, said after the match. “There has been a lot of talk about the team in recent weeks but we scored four different goals and showed what we could do.


“Once you score the first one and the second one, you gain confidence and it’s great for the fans because it’s been a while since they have had something to celebrate like this.”

Was Juan Mata looking deliberately uninterested - or did Ander Herrera’s shout work? Have your say by leaving a comment below.

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