World News – GB – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hails Juan Mata’s influence after Brighton win – Evening Express


Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hailed Juan Mata’s influence after the Spaniard starred in Manchester United’s Carabao Cup victory at Brighton

The visitors missed the 3-0 winner as 32-year-old Mata headed Scott McTominay before scoring his 50th goal for the club, with Paul Pogba’s deflected free kick closing the win

The drama of United’s last Premier League win here at Amex stadium four days ago was far from near, with 19 changes from both sides combined

In a small chance first half, Mata won a free kick before dusting off to cross for McTominay to lead United ahead

He then doubled the lead himself, having also scored in the victory 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

« I think he created more or less every moment of this game which was of the highest quality in an offensive sense

« He’s a very valuable member of the team and a top professional. It’s never easy to tell him when he’s not playing

« He had a fantastic career, he won everything there is to earn more or less

« He is an example that anyone can watch, how you behave and how you behave when you get the chance »

United have moved up to the last eight after the win as Solskjaer seeks his first piece of silverware as a boss

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

« We’re already in the quarter-finals and of course, depending on the situation in December, we’re going to want to go back to the semi-final. The losses in the semi-finals, of course, they hurt »

Brighton boss Graham Potter said the score was tough on his players after what he thought was a tie contest

« We were in the game but we were really disappointed with the goal we conceded before half-time. In the end, 3-0 seems a difficult score but I think it was a competitive game from our point of view

« They bring in Pogba and (Marcus) Rashford and it gets a little more complicated for you I thought we competed and had a good time, that’s okay with me and the spirit of the players »

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