Manchester United playmaker Juan Mata has insisted that he's been working hard to prove himself at Old Trafford.
Writing in his blog after starring in the Red Devils' 2-1 victory over Liverpool at Anfield yesterday, the Spaniard insisted that he will never forget the game as his two goals secured a crucial three points for his side in the race to secure Champions League football for next season.
The Red Devils moved five points clear of their great rivals, and it was Mata who stole the show on Merseyside.
In his blog, the tricky Spaniard said: "Obviously, I'm very happy with the effort and team performance, the importance of victory, and goals. It was a memorable day for me. As I have said repeatedly, I'm the same player as always, with the same desire and the same enthusiasm, the same capabilities and the same hunger for improvement. The work pays off, and I could live this Sunday.
"Win Liverpool in their stadium, have the fortune to score two good goals and feel the recognition of all of you is something I will never forget, but we have to be cautious and know that we only scored three points in the race toward our goal."
On his second goal - the eventual match winner - the 26-year-old admitted that it was one of the best strikes of his career as he volleyed him on the half turn from a looping Angel di Maria ball.
He continued by saying:"Many are you asking me the second and therefore really do not quite know how to explain it. It is something that is not intended ... Rather it is a resource when you understand what is best off the ball as it comes before control and whistled, and invited Angel pass it.
"Undoubtedly, it is one of the best goals of my career, not least because it was in such a big game. And it served to take the victory."
His best day
There's no doubt about it, yesterday's clash on Merseyside proved Mata's best day as a Manchester United player. His class and quality was just too much for Liverpool's back-line to handle, and Mata deserves great credit for his fine display.
Despite enduring some difficult days on English soil over the course of the last couple of years, he's clearly stuck to his guns and continued to work in an attempt to get his career back on track. And now, with his confidence at an ultimate high, the United faithful may well see the very best of their talented number eight.
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