Juan Mata creates and scores well-worked goal for Manchester United

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Manchester United's pre-season friendly against Galatasaray had plenty of talking points, but none more so than the role of Juan Mata. 

For many of the Red Devils' stars, the 5-2 win was nothing more than a chance to stretch their legs before they get their season underway with a trip to Bournemouth in two weeks' time. 

Mata, on the other hand, is still playing for his Old Trafford career, desperately trying to convince Jose Mourinho that he shouldn't axe him like he did at Chelsea. 


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With that in mind, the Special One will have been keeping a close eye on the Spaniard's exploits against the Turkish side.  

Seizing the moment 

And he will certainly have been impressed by what he saw as Mata found the back of the net for the final goal. 

The 28-year-old broke through the Galatasaray defence with a lovely bit of skill before playing the ball out wide to Michael Carrick, who returned the pass into the box to allow Mata to slot past the keeper with ease. 

Mata could be vying for the same spot as both Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Wayne Rooney this season, so it was imperative he took his chance when it presented itself. 

As for Mourinho, he now has something of a selection headache, but it's a pretty nice problem to have and one that most Premier League managers would envy. 

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