Juan Mata says scoring twice to help Manchester United beat Liverpool in Steven Gerrard’s final game against the Red Devils ‘was one of the happiest moments of my career’.
Mata scored twice a 2-1 win at Anfield in March 2015, helping United to an eventual fourth-place finish with Liverpool down in sixth.
Read 16 Conclusions on that game for a journey down memory lane, and to laugh at how Gerrard was sent off almost immediately after coming on as a half-time substitute in his last game against United.
For now, just reminisce by reading the thoughts of Mata.
‘Last week many of you reminded me that it had been four years since that win at Anfield where I was lucky enough to score twice,’ he wrote in his blog.
‘Time has passed, but without doubt I can say that it was one of the happiest moments of my career.
‘Everything went well that day… passes, touches, the first goal and then the second… our fans were in the corner closest to it where they could celebrate.
‘One decides to become a football player for moments like that, the most special thing is to see the effect that it has on so many people, it gives a meaning to everything.
‘It was an unforgettable day.’
Mata also paid tribute to the retiring Louis van Gaal, who led United to victory that day.
‘Finally, Louis van Gaal announced his retirement recently,’ he wrote. ‘I wish him the best in the next chapter in his life and I would like to thank him for the time that we spent together (including that game at Anfield).
‘He was an amazing coach, a sensitive and honest person despite looking tough on the outside, a man with principles and a great person. Thank you, Louis, I wish you all the best.’