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Manchester United’s win against Leicester is a turning point under Jose Mourinho, says Juan Mata


mataThe Red Devils ended a run of defeats with a thumping 4-1 victory over the champions at Old Trafford on Saturday

Juan Mata hailed Manchester United’s win over premier League Champions Leicester City as a ‘special day’ and a turning point under Jose Mourinho.

Mourihno’s men demolished Lecester 4-1 at Old Trafford and Mata, who scored United’s second, said it was just what they needed after back-to-back Premier League defeats.

“After a week that had been complicated, two wins –in the EFL Cup and against Leicester– are the best proof of the team’s reaction,” said Mata.

“This game is exactly what we needed, and that’s why it has been a relaxing day. When you do your job in advance, watching Sunday’s games on TV is more enjoyable.

The truth is Saturday was a special day in Old Trafford. Facing the current champions and getting such a win, feeling how the fans celebrate it, and enjoying on the pitch have been enough reasons to make this weekend special.

“The score might be deceptive, because it wasn’t an easy game. The key was to score first. Taking the lead gave us more confidence and helped to create a great atmosphere in the stadium.

“Those things together made us give our best to get an incredible 4-0 before half time. Each goal came in a different way. We showed that we are a team with a lot of potential, with di”The crowd in Old Trafford was really excited, in a way I hadn’t seen for a long time, and that’s what our fans deserve.

“Being able to play and win like that is a special feeling. You can feel the crowd connecting with the team, and it seems that everything just flows. Obviously, after an almost perfect first half, the game had less intensity after the break.

“It’s normal when a team is trying to control the game to have no surprises, and the other one doesn’t want to concede more goals and tries to score some, as it did happen.

“But in general we got very positive feelings and a boost of confidence to play the next couple of games before another international break.”

United host Zorya Luhansk from Ukraine in the Europa League on Thursday and Mata, writing on his official blog, said they will provide a test, despite being little-known.

“On Thursday we play against Zorya Luhansk, from Ukraine,” said Mata. “Perhaps they are not very well-known, but they are second in their league with only one defeat so far.

“We will get to know more things about them in the next few days to prepare for the game. The first week they got a draw against Fenerbahce; they are not in this competition by chance.

“On the weekend we will face Stoke City in Old Trafford. They haven’t had the start they expected but it’s always tough to play against them. They have very talented players that are able to define a match in an individual action.

“We are looking forward to have two good games at home this week and make the fans enjoy as they did last Saturday. It would allow us to go to the international break with very good feelings.