Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata believes that his brace against Liverpool on Sunday was one of the best moments of his career.
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Writing in his weekly blog, the Spain international didn’t even know how to sum up the match, which the Red Devils won 1-2 at Anfield thanks to his goals.
The victory has left the Mancunian side five points ahead of their Merseyside rivals with just eight games to go in the race for a top four finish.
The 26-year-old said: “I can tell you that this Sunday has been one of the happiest days of my career. When you start playing football as a kid on muddy pitches, for something so simple and wonderful as having fun, you dream about becoming a footballer one day to be in a game like the one in Anfield.”
He added: “Many of you are asking me about the second goal and the truth is I don’t know very well how to explain it. It’s something you just don’t think… It’s more a resource you use when you understand it’s better to shoot the ball as it comes rather than trying to control it and keep the play.
“Angel’s pass invited to do so. It’s one of the best goals of my career for sure, among other things because it happened in such a massive game. And it helped us win.”
Next up for Louis van Gaal’s side are Aston Villa, following the international break, and Man United will be hoping the pause in Premier league action doesn’t affect the momentum they have built up with wins over the Liverpool and Tottenham.
The race for top four looks likely to run down to the wire, with Man United still to face Arsenal, Chelsea, and Manchester City before the season is out.