MATA: ROONEY? I'M NOW MAN UTD'S NO.1 PENALTY TAKER
The Spaniard converted from the spot in
Wednesday's Champions League clash with
Wolfsburg, with Louis van Gaal having decided
he is now ahead of Wayne Rooney in the
Juan Mata has revealed that he is now
Manchester United's primary penalty taker,
ahead of Wayne Rooney, with the Spaniard
having scored from the spot in Wednesday's
2-1 win over Wolfsburg.
The former Chelsea playmaker stepped up to
slot home past Diego Benaglio in the 34th
minute, levelling the Champions League clash at
Old Trafford at the time, with Daniel Caligiuri
having given the visitors the lead.
And now Mata, who also set-up United's winner
with an extravagant flick into Chris Smalling's
path, has revealed that Louis van Gaal has
decided he is now the club's penalty taker,
ahead of skipper Rooney.
Mata told BT Sport : "The manager makes a list
of penalty takers and I'm the first right now so I
"It was a very tough game. We were defending
in the last minutes because we were physically
very tired. They were pushing and pushing but I
think we did what we had to do which was win
after the first game that we lost in Holland, and
we are happy today."
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