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We understand football in the same way’ – Mata happy to link up with Fernandes

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Juan Mata says that he and Bruno Fernandes have already built up a strong relationship at Manchester United based on their shared understanding of the game.

 

 

Mata has already formed an effective partnership with Fernandes in the middle of the park, with the Spaniard insisting that the pair are naturally on the same wavelength.

 

He also reserved praise for Ighalo, who has had a similarly positive influence on United’s form since joining the club on loan from Shanghai Shenhua on deadline day.

 

“It’s great to have Bruno in the team, and also Odion who is scoring in almost every single game that he plays,” Mata told MUTV. “They’re great guys, and we’re very happy now with them in the team.

 

“I think we [me and Fernandes] understand football in the same way. We like to play the same way, passing and moving and giving lines.

 

“We like playing with each other and looking for our forwards in behind like we did with Dan today and with Odion, who scored a fantastic goal also.”

 

 

United’s latest European outing was staged behind closed doors due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis, which has already caused major disruptions to the 2019-20 campaign.

 

Mata went on to admit that the clash with LASK felt like a training session, but he was pleased that United were still able to produce a “professional performance” in such unprecedented circumstances.

 

“I don’t remember playing behind closed doors before so, of course, it was a different game,” Mata added. “It feels strange. It’s like training, when you play a game in training, there’s no crowd and it felt a little bit the same.

 

“But of course, your mind is in a competitive mood and you know that it is an official game so we did what we were asked to do, which is to play in these circumstances. We need to act accordingly and trust in the experts and perform like we did today.

 

“I think we did really well when you look at the score and the performance. It was not easy in the beginning because LASK are a team that press a lot.

 

“We didn’t have our best game in terms of passing and controlling, and it wasn’t easy on that pitch with this ball, but at the end of the day we scored five goals, we are happy and ready to come back to Manchester.

 

“I would say it was a very professional performance so, of course, winning 5-0, we can say that we had a very good first leg. But when we play at Old Trafford we will try to win the game again and play good and try to score and try to enjoy our football like we did today.”

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West Ham sets record as they stalemate Totteham from 3 goals down.

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      Tottenham Hotspur vs West Ham United saw Jose Mourinho’s men surrender a 3-0 advantage to draw 3-3 in a thrilling Premier League clash played on Sunday, October 18.

Spurs came into the match in spectacular shape having stunned Man United 6-1 in their last EPL fixture played at Old Trafford. Panic as injury rules Liverpool star who helped them win Champions League and Premier League titles out for 8 months The tie saw Son Heung-Min and Harry Kane once again picked from where they left, with Kane finding the back of the net twice in the first half against their London rivals on Sunday. Heung-Min got his side off a flying start as he scored the opener inside the first minute of gameplay, latching on Kane’s brilliant pass to fire into the far corner. Kane doubled the advantage eight minutes later, with the Englishman once again combining with Heung-Min who turned provider this time.

The England international made it 3-0 in the 16th minute, with Sergio Reguilon and Hojberg all playing a part in the build-up. The second half of the match saw West Ham pull a dramatic comeback deep into the half, with the visitors scoring three with the help of an own goal to salvage a draw. Late Vestergaard strike shatters hearts of Chelsea fans as Blues draw at home to Southampton despite Timo Werner brace Fabian Balbuena was first to pull one back for David Moyes’ men in the 82nd minute, before Davinson Sanchez directed the ball into his own net. Substitute Manuel Lanzini went on to score at stoppage time with a fine finish to ensure both sides share the spoils.

The result saw the Lilywhites miss out on a glorious chance to move second on the Premier League charts from five matches and now sit sixth with nine points. Legit.ng earlier reported that Timo Werner has expressed displeasure towards Chelsea’s 3-3 draw against Southampton at Stamford Bridge. Two first-half goals from the 24-year-old and one from Kai Havertz would have helped the Blues claim maximum victory in the game.

However, those goals were not enough as Danny Ings, Che Adams and Jannik Vestergaard ensured the game ended in a stalemate.

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