Updated: Tuesday, 28 Jan 2014 21:52 | Comments
Juan Mata enjoyed a winning start to life at Manchester United as Robin van Persie and Ashley Young scored the goals that defeated Cardiff 2-0.
Mata completed 83 minutes of his debut following his club-record £37.1million move from Chelsea.
The midfielder made an immediate impact, sparking the move that led to Van Persie’s sixth-minute opener.
And while manager David Moyes will doubtless expect an even greater contribution as Mata gets used to his new surroundings, it is evident United’s supporters have been uplifted by the 25-year-old’s arrival as they offered a standing ovation when he was replaced by Adnan Januzaj.
By then, Young had belted in an excellent second to ensure the highpoint of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Old Trafford return was the reception he received from the home fans as his side remained at the foot of the Barclays Premier League.