He was sold by Chelsea after winning their Player of the Year award for two straight seasons, but Juan Mata still bears no hard feelings for his former club.
The Manchester United midfielder stayed on the pitch following the Red Devils’ 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge to embrace every single Chelsea player, just like he did against the Blues last season.
Given the manner in which United failed to win all three points - Diego Costa scored a 91st minute equaliser for Chelsea - Mata would be forgiven for storming down the tunnel in a rage.
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But the Spaniard, who was subbed off in the second half, showed his class by waiting to meet his former team-mates.
Mata was named man of the match following an impressive display in which he covered 11.94 kilometres and completed 94 per cent of his passes.
The 27-year-old is yet to taste victory against his former side since leaving Chelsea for Manchester in January 2014, drawing three times and losing at Stamford Bridge in 2015.
Costa’s late strike was a dagger in United’s hearts. Louis van Gaal’s team were minutes away from closing the gap to fourth-placed Manchester City to four points but Costa’s leveller means what looked like being a great week for United after Tuesday’s 3-0 win against Stoke has ended in deflation.
The draw means Guus Hiddink extends his unbeaten run as Chelsea boss to 10 games. The Blues are 13th in the table and have a Champions League meeting with Paris Saint-Germain to look forward to on February 16.
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