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Saturday, 23 December 2017

The Explanation of Mata's Goal Celebration

Juan Mata has explained the significance of his prayer symbol in his free kick goal celebration against Leicester City on Saturday.



The midfielder netted with a precise finish to cancel out Jamie Vardy’s opener before curling home a sublime free-kick to put United ahead in the second half, but the Reds were denied victory by a last-gasp Harry Maguire equaliser in a 2-2 draw at the King Power Stadium.

Speaking to MUTV after the game, the Spaniard explained his celebration: “It was because when the kids from the OSCAR Foundation that we work with for Common Goal came to Old Trafford to visit me, they asked if I could do this kind of celebration for them.



Following his visit to Mumbai in the summer, Juan helped to launch the new global initiative Common Goal which aims to convince players to donate one per cent of their salary to Football For Good charities such as the OSCAR Foundation.

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Back in October, a group of 14 youngsters, aged 11 to 14, from the OSCAR Foundation, travelled from Mumbai, along with coach Maruti Chauhan and OSCAR Foundation founder Ashok Rathod, for a behind-the-scenes tour of Old Trafford with Mata and to attend a unique photography exhibition at the National Football Museum Hall of Fame in Manchester.
Giving his thoughts on the game, he said: "Now we feel frustrated and angry, but we need to keep going and from tomorrow, rest and think about the next game. Obviously we aim to finish the next one with a much better feeling."

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