Juan Mata has been in sparkling form this season. The Spaniard is finally looking like the classy player he was when he left Chelsea, and the irony that he’s performing so well under the manager that offloaded him to United in the first place won’t be lost on anyone.
However, in the three seasons prior to this, Mata’s name got lost in the shuffle whilst discussing the best players in the Premier League. This was mainly due to his inconsistent performances at Manchester United.
However, a piece of info released by Sky Sports’ stats team is just another reminder of how good Mata has been.
In games against “top 6” Premier League opposition, Mata is the most consistent performer. His influence on big games is better than the likes of Eden Hazard, Mesut Ozil and Philippe Coutinho.