"I think it's always good to be the outsider, so people expect bad of us and then we surprise people", the United midfielder said after his team's 2-1 smash and grab win against Juventus on Wednesday night and, no doubt, with one eye on Sunday's derby at Manchester City.
Victor Lindelof's performances in the centre of Manchester United's defence have improved so much over the past three or four games that perhaps they only need to buy one new centre back now rather than two.
"Juventus have phenomenal players", he added.
"So I tried to do what I do in training a lot of times, practicing, practicing".
"Today was important, the 1-1, and after we scored again", Mata told BT Sport. Yet with Juve hosting Valencia later this month, a win for the Italians combined with a United victory against Young Boys at Old Trafford will ensure both clubs make it into the round of 16.
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"They had a few clear chances after that to win the game but they didn't and we came back. It's OK to lose against United, but seeing how the match went it leaves us with a bit of a bitter taste".
"With a cool head I wouldn't have done it, but with my family insulted, including my Inter family, I reacted like this".
It's unclear exactly what was said, but it's clear he was provoked.
Mourinho was confronted by Juventus defender Bonucci, who was visibly displeased at the two-time European champion's celebrations, but United captain Ashley Young was quick to step in and separate the two from further squabbles.
The Portuguese superstar immediately ran to the corner flag, lifted up his shirt and pointed at his impressive stomach muscles.
Juventus seemed certain to be heading for all three points, with United struggling to carve out clear-cut scoring opportunities, but Mata hit a free kick into the top left corner in the 86th minute and that seemed to inspire Jose Mourinho's side. They had not conceded a single goal in the Champions League all season and bought Ronaldo to win the competition after twice being beaten finalists in the last four years. A ball into the box was headed on by Marouane Fellaini and Sandro got the final touch as the ball was bundled over the line.