Juan Mata gives his thoughts on Manchester United's 1-0 win over Hull City

Juan Mata has been selected for Spain squad for the upcoming international fixtures.

Juan Mata
Juan Mata was given the marching orders in Manchester United's 1-0 defeat to West Brom Reuters

Manchester United star Juan Mata claims the Red Devils deserved to win against Hull City after they defeat the Tigers 1-0 at the Kingston Communications Stadium on 27 August, Saturday.

Jose Mourinho struggled to break Hull's defence, despite having the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimović, Wayne Rooney, Mata and Anthony Martial in their attack. The former Real Madrid and Chelsea manager made two changes in the second half, replacing Mata and Martial with Marcus Rashford and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

The England international scored a late goal and that helped United keep their 100% win record intact. That was their third win of their season and Mata claims his side suffered a lot to beat Hull, who have former Red Devils assistant Mike Phelan as their caretaker manager.

"Last Saturday we suffered a lot to beat Hull, but Marcus Rashford's late winner did justice to our performance," Mata wrote in hsi weekly blog.

"We tried everything during the 90 minutes and it was very exciting to celebrate the victory at the end with the team-mates and the fans who were there supporting us. Winning in the added time always leaves a special taste; however, next time we will try to close the game earlier."

Mata has been selected for Spain's new manager Julen Lopetegui's squad for the upcoming international fixtures as they take on Belgium in a friendly fixture, followed by a clash against Liechtenstein for the 2018 Russia World Cup qualifiers.

The former Chelsea star is delighted to have joined training with the national camp and believes it is going to be special due to several changes in recent times.

"This time it's going to be special because there have been major changes, as you know, including a new manager, and it's the kick off for the Russia's World Cup qualifiers.

"I notice there's excitement in the football fans in my country ahead of this new stage and, of course, all of us are looking forward to do well and to enjoy again these few days with the team. As I already said before, I feel privileged to be called up and to be a part of the national team. Being here is always very exciting to me, it's a special feeling.

This article was first published on August 30, 2016