Manchester United showed passion for Arsenal win, says Mata

Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata has hailed their performance for victory over Arsenal.

United secured a vital three points at Old Trafford courtesy of Marcus Rashford’s first-half double and a deflected strike from Ander Herrera with 25 minutes left, capping a great week of results for the club.

Mata told manutd.com: “We are absolutely delighted.

“It was a very big game, both for us and Arsenal, and I think we showed great passion today.”

“We played very well, with intensity, so we’re happy today. I feel very proud of the team, the young players and supporters who lifted us today.

“We knew this was a massive week for us. We had to go through in the FA Cup and then the Europa League, and we also had to win today if we still wanted to be in [the race for] the top positions in the Premier League.”

“It’s a massive win for us and I think it’s been a great week – we played great football and won against a big rival today.”

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