Juan Mata has revealed what he told Ashley Young just before he scored Manchester United’s equaliser against Juventus in their 2-1 win.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s stunning volley had looked enough to seal all the points for Juventus, before Mata’s 86th-minute free-kick and an own goal from Alex Sandro three minutes later swung the match in United’s favour.
“As soon as there was the free-kick in there, I had the confidence that I had to take it,” Mata told MUTV.
“I told Ash: ‘Please let me take it, because I can go over the wall.’
“It’s very difficult for the goalkeeper because they don’t see a lot [with the wall so close].
“So I tried to do what I do in training a lot of times, practicing, practicing. It was important to score to make it 1-1 and, after, it led us to the 1-2.
“I think because of the venue and the importance of the game, it’s one of the best [that I’ve scored].”