Juan Mata has written in his blog about Sunday’s victory over Southampton and dedicated the win to the injured Luke Shaw.
I’ve just got home from Southampton. I’m very happy for a victory that takes the team to the second position, allowing us to finish the week in a much better way than we started it, after the first game in the Champions League group stage. We knew how important it was to win at St Mary’s after some of our main rivals had dropped points on Saturday, and we were able to make it, but the game had different stages…
In the first 30 minutes they were the better team, scoring a goal and creating several chances, but we could tie the score before half time. After the break, we had a better control of the game, Anthony scored again and we carried on until I was able to complete a fantastic collective play with 45 consecutive passes. The assist came from the post after Memphis shot and I could make the third goal.
However, as I said afterwards, in the Premier League you have to fight until the end in almost every game. Pelle scored again for Southampton and they kept trying, but David was there to make amazing saves, like many other times in the last few years, and so we won.
In short, it was an important and very special win. Everybody knows that last Tuesday was a bad day for us. Because of the defeat but, especially, because of Luke Shaw’s terribly serious injury. He was very unlucky and suffered a double fracture of his right leg; all of us felt his pain.
That’s why we wanted to dedicate a victory to him as soon as possible, to make him feel happy, at least momentarily, and it came this very Sunday. I’m sure he will be back stronger, and he will work hard to be with us soon. He was having a great start this season, helping us a lot. All our support to you, my friend, you know we are here with you!