Juan Mata thanked Donny van de Beek for his “very smart” help in the 3-0 victory over Brighton.
“It was a very wise assist. He’s a very smart player,” Mata told Sky Sports.
The Spaniard was named the man of the match, but he was quick to thank Van de Beek for his role in what appeared to be United’s regular win.
He further claimed that he likes to play on the same side as his new team-mate: “I enjoy playing with him while he finds pockets and spaces. He knows the way of football I like, which is playing one-twos, running and passing, and the goal was like that.”