Thierry Henry marvels at 'ridiculous' Juan Mata goal at Anfield

Juan Mata scores his second goal against Liverpool at Anfield
Image: Juan Mata: scores his second goal against Liverpool at Anfield

Thierry Henry was left lost for words by Juan Mata’s stunning goal in Manchester United’s win at Liverpool on Sunday.

With United a goal and a man to the good following  Steven Gerrard’s sending off a minute into the second half, Mata extended their advantage in spectacular style.

Having found space on the right side of the Liverpool box, the Spanish midfielder flung himself into the air to acrobatically volley Angel di Maria's clipped pass into the far corner.

“There is nothing to say about it, sometimes you just need to have a look at it and applaud,” said Henry. “It is just ridiculous what he did, especially here at Anfield and the magnitude of the game for both teams today.

“People have had a go at him and I don’t think has played the way he can and with the quality that he has but what a day for him.”

Henry’s fellow Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher agreed and believes that Mata is beginning to answer some of the questions asked of him in the wake of his multi-million pound move from Chelsea.

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Juan Mata reflects on a fantastic two-goal display at Anfield

“Let’s not forget about Mata, he came to our country and was outstanding for those first two years,” the former Liverpool defender added.

“I think he was Chelsea’s player of the year and because Mourinho got rid of him – you can’t argue with Jose Mourinho with what he’s done in the game and the trophies he’s won.

“So if he thinks Mata’s not good enough then there’s a question mark against him.”

For his part, Mata believes that his all-round performance was his best for the club after a difficult start to his United career.

“I think so,” he added. “Obviously because of the rivalry it’s a massive game in the history of English football, probably the biggest. To come here, win and score two goals is an unbelievable day for me.”

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal also praised the 26-year-old's performance, but insisted he wasn't surprised and has only picked other players ahead of him before for the team's sake.

"Normally I don’t want to say it but he was very good," said the Dutchman.

"He’s always played well for me in my opinion. He’s one of my most consistent players, but sometimes you also need balance in your team and you have to select other players."

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