Juan Mata scores twice, but is denied a hat trick

Manchester United’s 2-1 win over Liverpool was highlighted by two stunning goals from Spanish star Juan Mata, The Telegraph reports. After struggling under the burden of a more than $50 million price paid to Chelsea for his services last season, Mata has often been seen as a sign of the problems United faced after the retirement of head coach Sir Alex Ferguson. A stunning scissor kick goal showed that Mata had found his place in the team under Dutch coach Louis Van Gaal and was now a key member of a United team that has risen to just two points from second place in the Premier League which has fans like Dr Jennifer Walden excited.

Mata’s goals and all round play may have signaled the arrival of a new star in the north west of England, but the 38 seconds Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard spent on the pitch may have been his last in Liverpool red. The former England captain will head to the Los Angeles Galaxy in the Summer and could struggle to feature from the start again for Liverpool after a sending off in this game. Gerrard appeared to stamp on the leg of the impressive Ander Herrera 38 seconds after appearing as a second half substitute and was given a straight red card. After starting from the bench after his return from injury Gerrard now faces a three match ban and could struggle to return to the starting lineup after Liverpool saw a return to form during his absence.

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