Juan Mata dedicated the goal he scored on what could be his final Manchester United appearance to his mother, who passed away in March.
Marta Garcia sadly passed away after a long illness, with the Spanish international allowed time away from United to visit family in Spain and mourn the loss.
Mata, whose contract expires this summer, was likely to have been making his final appearance for United on the last day of the Premier League season against Wolves at Molineux, where a much-changed United XI won 2-1 as he found the net with a penalty.
The attacking midfielder pointed to the sky and blew a kiss after scoring, and told MUTV: “I have had the most difficult season in my life, for sure. I wanted to score for my mother and, thankfully, I did it,” he explained.
“So this goal, and every goal that I score from now on, is going to be for her.”
In a separate interview with BT Sport, Mata said he wasn't sure about where his future lies, with his United career currently scheduled to come to an end after Wednesday's Europa League final against Villarreal.
"I don't know, I don't really know [about my future]," he said.
"In three days we have an important game and that's where my mind is, but I still think I can play good football and give a lot to the team and enjoy for many years playing football like today, that's my mentality.
"It is not the moment to speak about it. I know what I want and I'm happy with how I feel physically and mentally.
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