Juan Mata scored an important goal for Manchester United in our 3-2 win over Newcastle, putting away an excellently taken freekick to start the comeback.
After the game, Mata revealed how the Old Trafford crowd inspired them to come back and win after conceding twice in the opening 10 minutes.
It was special. We were losing 2-0, they created even more chances to score more goals and confidence levels were low. We needed to change something and when you have nothing to lose you just throw it and you push even more. We couldn’t afford another defeat, especially for the fans. I think they saw today that we tried everything and we came back and from the mental point of view it was a very important three points.
They [the fans] pushed us, they helped us, to go more, to try more, to give this 50 minutes more and I’m very happy for them. I’m very happy for the team, for us, but especially for the fans. They don’t deserve everything that is going on, so they deserve to see a team like today.
We felt that if we scored it was not impossible, especially at Old Trafford. If you score once you can score a few goals in some minutes; I’ve seen Manchester United doing that a lot of times over the years and today we did it. Even though it felt very difficult we did it. We created more chances to score more goals and that’s a very positive sign. I will say that today the victory is a pride victory. I felt that on the pitch, I did not want to feel another sadness feeling, another disappointment feeling.
Mata was substituted on with less than 20 minutes played for Eric Bailly, as Jose Mourinho looked to change things around to overcome the 2-0 deficit. When Anthony Martial won a freekick in the 70th minute, Mata went straight over and revealed after the game his performance in training this week gave him the confidence to score.
We needed something and yesterday I was practising free kicks in the training ground. I scored I think three in a row and I left, so I said, I think I have the touch and today exactly it proved.