Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Neville Admits He Was Wrong to Doubt In-Form Mata

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Neville Admits He Was Wrong to Doubt In-Form Mata

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GARY Neville admits Juan Mata has proved him wrong under Jose Mourinho this season.

The United forward struck his fourth goal of the campaign in the weekend draw with Arsenal to re-emphasise his importance to Mourinho, after regularly impressing as a starter and netting the EFL Cup winner against City.

Neville spoke unflatteringly about Mata ahead of his January 2014 transfer to United, questioning whether he fit the 'typical philosophy of Manchester United' but at the weekend he praised the Spain international's form.

"I myself questioned whether he fits the profile of a Manchester United wide player, because that's where he is playing, even if I know he ends up drifting in," Neville told Sky Sports.

"The ability to counter-attack and have wing play has always been Manchester United's way, so you wondered where he would fit in. …

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