Juan Mata shows his class during United’s win over blackcats

After a string of questionable performances at the start of the season, Juan Mata has started to show his ability and class in a United shirt once more.

While many think the Spaniard is being played out of position on the right hand side of midfield, the ex-Chelsea man has been adding goals to his name as well as creating plenty of chances.

Mata scored the third in a 3-0 win over Sunderland on Saturday afternoon, and also assisted Memphis Depay for his first ever Premier League goal.

Louis van Gaal has seemingly found an attacking four that works for his philosophy, with Mata joining Rooney and Memphis in behind striker Anthony Martial.

Completing 92% of his passes in Saturday’s game, Mata also had four shots and whipped three crosses in to the box.

Following an impressive display midweek from Andreas Pereira, I had predicted that Mata would be given a rest ahead of United’s game on Wednesday against Wolfsburg.