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Juan Mata throws paper plane back into crowd during Man United’s draw with Sevilla

Mata and his United team-mates did little else to provide much entertainment at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan

Juan Mata helped Manchester United find their Champions League wings in Seville.

Back in his Spanish homeland, Mata and his United team-mates did little to provide much a thrill at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.


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Juan Mata throws a paper airplane off the pitch in Man Utd's draw with Sevilla

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Juan Mata throws a paper airplane off the pitch in Man Utd’s draw with Sevilla

But Mata did at least give something back to the fans by flinging a paper airplane into the crowd.

Aside from a wondersave from David De Gea, much of the entertainment came from the stands during the 0-0 draw.

United fans taunted Manchester City fans throughout the game by singing “Will Grigg’s on fire” following Pep Guardiola’s side’s FA Cup defeat to Wigan.

But the best their misfiring stars could do was keep a clean sheet to take back to Old Trafford in a fortnight’s time.

Mata lines up his throw in Seville

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Mata lines up his throw in Seville

Paper airplanes surround Mata during the Champions League clash

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Paper airplanes surround Mata during the Champions League clash

Much of the pre-match talk had been over Jose Mourinho’s decision to drop Paul Pogba.

But Pogba was on the pitch by the 16th minute after Ander Herrera limped off.

Boss Jose Mourinho then hit out at his medical staff.

Mata picked up a plane off the pitch to flick back towards fans

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Mata picked up a plane off the pitch to flick back towards fans

The Special One said: “I think it is a bad injury. He had a small injury that stopped him playing in the last couple of matches, but the medical department made him 100% ready for last Saturday.

“We didn’t play him to give more work and more protection, but it looks like he wasn’t fully fit.

Mata and his Manchester United team-mates drew 0-0 with Sevilla

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Mata and his Manchester United team-mates drew 0-0 with Sevilla

“The medical department made him fully fit. He trained and he looked fit.

“The way he was playing he showed that intensity that is only possible when you are fit.

“He was pressing really high, we were not giving one inch to them. Then the backheel created the contraction in the muscular area and now we have proof he was not 100% fit.”


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