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Football: Mata eclipses Solskjaer on Man United debut

Published on Jan 29, 2014 6:12 AM
 
Manchester United's Juan Mata (left) looks on as teammate Robin van Persie celebrates scoring against Cardiff City during their English Premier League soccer match at Old Trafford in Manchester on Jan 28, 2014. Van Persie and Ashley Young scored as Manchester United recorded only their second Premier League victory of 2014 by beating Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's Cardiff City 2-0. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

MANCHESTER (AFP) - Robin van Persie and Ashley Young scored as Manchester United recorded only their second Premier League victory of 2014 by beating Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's Cardiff City 2-0 on Tuesday, Jan 28, 2014.

Juan Mata made his debut after a 37.1 million pound (S$78.3 million pounds) move from Chelsea and the Spaniard had a hand in both goals as David Moyes's side breathed life into their hopes of a Champions League place.

Making his return from a thigh injury that had kept him out since Dec 10, Van Persie took only six minutes to open the scoring and Young added United's second in the 59th minute.

Mata played just behind Van Persie, but those hoping to see how the duo would combine with Wayne Rooney were to be disappointed when the England striker replaced Van Persie to make his first appearance since Jan 1.

 
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