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Sport Solskjaer hails influence of Mata after Man Utd's win at Brighton

04:01  01 october  2020
04:01  01 october  2020 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer praised the influence of Juan Mata after the Spaniard starred in Manchester United's Carabao Cup win at Brighton.

The visitors ran out 3-0 winners as the 32-year-old Mata laid on Scott McTominay's header before tucking away his 50th goal for the club, with Paul Pogba's deflected free-kick wrapping up the victory.

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There was nowhere near the drama of United's last-gasp Premier League win here at the Amex Stadium four days ago, with a combined 19 changes across both sides.

Juan Mata put in a man of the match performance in Manchester United's win at Brighton © Provided by Daily Mail Juan Mata put in a man of the match performance in Manchester United's win at Brighton

In a first half of little chances, Mata won a free-kick before dusting himself off to cross for McTominay to head United in front.

He then doubled the lead himself, having also scored in the win at Luton in the previous round.

'His composure and experience (is vital) for a young team,' Solskjaer said of the former Chelsea midfielder, who was captain for the night.

a man playing a game of football: The midfielder was crucial for United's first goal in a 3-0 win having been fouled © Provided by Daily Mail The midfielder was crucial for United's first goal in a 3-0 win having been fouled a group of young men playing a game of football: His resulting free-kick was headed home by team-mate Scott McTominay before the break © Provided by Daily Mail His resulting free-kick was headed home by team-mate Scott McTominay before the break

'I think he created more or less every moment in this game that was of the highest quality in an attacking sense.

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'He is a very valuable member of the squad and a top professional. It is never easy to tell him when he's not playing.

'He has had a fantastic career, he has won whatever there is to win more or less.

'He is an example for everyone to look at, how you conduct yourself and how you perform when you get the chance.'

United moved into the last eight following the win as Solskjaer looks for his first piece of silverware as boss.

a group of people playing football on a field: The Spaniard then doubled United's lead in the second half with a cool finish at the Amex © Provided by Daily Mail The Spaniard then doubled United's lead in the second half with a cool finish at the Amex Juan Mata wearing a blue uniform holding a ball: Mata celebrates his goal which gave United a 2-0 lead in the Carabao Cup fourth round tie © Provided by Daily Mail Mata celebrates his goal which gave United a 2-0 lead in the Carabao Cup fourth round tie

The Red Devils reached the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup, FA Cup and Europa League last season and the Norwegian believes those near misses will help his players this year.

'Definitely,' he replied when asked if it will add drive to his squad.

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Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer opens up on secret meeting after Brighton win . And, speaking after that match, the Norwegian hailed his side for their fitness levels. United were brilliant against Brighton , easily swatting the hosts aside with ease on a comfortable night at the Amex Stadium.

'We are already now in the quarter-finals and of course depending on the situation in December we are going to want to go through to the semis again. The semi-final defeats, of course they hurt.'

a group of men playing football on a field: The 32-year-old controlled the game in midfield leaving manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer purring © Provided by Daily Mail The 32-year-old controlled the game in midfield leaving manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer purring Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wearing a suit and tie: Solskjaer will now hope his side can kick on having reached the quarter-finals of the cup © Provided by Daily Mail Solskjaer will now hope his side can kick on having reached the quarter-finals of the cup

Brighton boss Graham Potter felt the scoreline was harsh on his players after what he thought was an even contest.

'I thought it was quite an even first half,' he said.

'We were in the game but then really disappointed with the goal we concede before half-time. In the end 3-0 looks a tough scoreline but I think it was a competitive game from our perspective.

'They bring on Pogba and (Marcus) Rashford and it becomes a little more complicated for you. I thought we competed and had some good moments, I've no problem with that and the spirit of the players.'

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