Manchester United manager delighted by ‘perfect performance’ without Rooney and RVP
The Red Devils claimed a 4-0 victory at St James’ Park to move sixth in the Premier League table
April 5th, 2014
Manchester United will head to the Allianz Arena full of confidence on Wednesday night following a demolition job on a Newcastle team who struggled to contain Juan Mata, with the Spaniard scoring his team’s first two goals.
It has been a difficult opening to Mata’s Old Trafford career although he produced a magisterial performance at St James’ Park which means that United are now sixth in the table and just three points behind Everton ahead of the latter’s game against Arsenal on Sunday.
David Moyes was delighted by the showing, especially with Wayne Rooney absent thanks to a toe injury, while Robin van Persie continues to be sidelined for United, meaning that Javier Hernandez enjoyed a rare start in attack.
Asked if it was the perfect preparation for the game in Germany, Moyes told Sky Sports: “It was a perfect performance in the Premier League, which is most important.
“We didn’t start the game as well as I’d have liked but after the first 20 or 30 minutes we got to grips with it and there were some really good performances.”
Mata is finally starting to click into gear for the Red Devils, with Moyes delighted by his contribution and he will be frustrated that the player is ineligible for the Champions League ahead of the Bayern game.
“I think he has been terrific. I also bought him for his goals, and in the first five or six games he didn’t score, but his two goals today and his assist, he has made a big contribution. He has made us better.”
Moyes added: “I thought Shinji Kagawa was very good, and Darren Fletcher in midfield, and there were some really good performances.
“It was a great team performance. We had to defend well and the goalkeeper made two or three great saves, and I am really pleased with the result.”