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Manchester United star congratulates hat-trick hero Wayne Rooney in latest social media post

Manchester United attacking midfielder Juan Mata took to social media and heaped praise on hat-trick hero Wayne Rooney, who silenced his critics by firing the club into the UEFA Champions League group stages on Wednesday night.

The Red Devils captain had not scored in 10 games in the build up to the playoff second leg tie against Club Brugge, but took just 20 minutes to get off the mark in Belgium as he broke the deadlock with a superb finish.

He went on to score twice more in the second half to end his goal drought in style as United ran out 7-1 winners on aggregate and booked their place among the elite clubs in European football once again.

Mata, who provided the assist for Rooney’s hat-trick, posted a message on his Twitter account immediately after the match and spoke of his happiness at qualifying for the group stage as well as praising his teammate.

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