Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

'Let Me Take This Juan' - Mata's Plea to Ash in Turin

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

'Let Me Take This Juan' - Mata's Plea to Ash in Turin

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JUAN Mata has revealed he asked Ashley Young to let him take the free-kick which resulted in United's equaliser against Juventus.

The Spaniard came on as a second-half substitute and scored the Reds' equaliser just seven minutes later after Paul Pogba was brought down on the edge of the area.

Mata was standing over the ball in discussion with Young, and explained what he was telling the full-back ahead of striking the free-kick.

"As soon as there was the freekick in there, I had the confidence that I had to take it," Mata said.

"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, practising, practising.

"It was important to score to make it 1-1 and, after, it led us to the 2-1. …

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