The Scot believes that his £37.1 million January purchase has "made a difference" to the Red Devils and merited his strike against Aston Villa in Saturday's 4-1 victoryManchester United manager David Moyes welcomed Juan Mata's goal in the club's 4-1 victory over Aston Villa on Saturday as just reward for some impressive performances.
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It was the Spaniard's first for United after agreeing a club-record £37.1 million transfer from Chelsea in January and Moyes feels that it had been a long time coming.
"He's deserved it," the Scot enthused to reporters. "His play has been very good. He's made a difference to the team, he's helped the team.
"Goals were one of the reasons we bought him. He's always scored goals, he's got a very good goalscoring record.
"I think he was probably feeling it a little bit - he missed a chance in midweek, missed two good chances against West Ham - so I think there have been signs, the opportunities have been coming for him to score goals but, whenever he's played, he's made a difference and done very well for us."