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Why Juan Mata Took the Penalty

Juan Mata was instrumental in Manchester United’s win over VfL Wolfsburg in their Champions League Group stage match up. Not only did he score the equalising goal but he also teed up Chris Smalling for the match winner.

Mata’s goal was crafted by his own cross that struck the hand of a Wolfsburg player inside of their box. The Spaniard then stepped up to take the penalty. He sent the keeper the wrong way and scored the penalty.

Many people have wondered why usual penalty taker Wayne Rooney didn’t step up for the spot kick.

Juan Mata has revealed that boss Louis van Gaal has set him as Manchester United’s penalty taker.

Mata said:

“The manager has made a list of penalty takers and I am first on it right now.” 

Juan Mata has been a constant feature for United this season and the Wolfsburg game was the third game, this season, where the Spanish winger had scored a goal and set one up.

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