Juan Mata said  he always fancied taking his stunning late free-kick for last night's 2-1 win at Juventus. 

MATA :I pleaded with Ashley young to take the freekick

Manchester United were trailing by a goal with less than five minutes remaining, due to a virtuosic volley from former Reds hitman Cristiano Ronaldo.

But it was allsquare when the Spaniard scored from a freekick spot  after Paul Pogba was fouled on the edge of the area.

He said: “As soon as there was the free-kick in there, I had the confidence that I had to take it."

 “I told Ash: 'Please let me take it, because I can go over the wall.'

 “It's often very difficult for the goalkeeper because they don't see a lot [with the wall so close]," added Mata, who was voted Man of the Match by United fans.

 “So I tried to do what I do in training a lot of times, practicing, practicing. It was important to score to make it 1-1 and, after, it led us to the 1-2.

 I think because of the venue and the importance of the game, it's one of the best [that I've scored]."


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