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Sunday 18 February 2018

Mata makes debut for United as van Persie returns from injury

Manchester United's Juan Mata before the Barclays Premier League match at Old Trafford
Manchester United's Juan Mata before the Barclays Premier League match at Old Trafford
Manchester United's Juan Mata gestures during the Barclays Premier League match at Old Trafford
Manchester United's Juan Mata wipes sweat from his head during the Barclays Premier League match at Old Trafford
Manchester United's Juan Mata (centre) warms up alongside new teammates Antonia Valencia and Tom Cleverley ahead of the Barclays Premier League match at Old Trafford
Manchester United's Juan Mata (L) fights for the ball with Cardiff City's Jordon Mutch during their English Premier League soccer match at Old Trafford
Manchester United's Juan Mata (L) looks on as teammate Robin van Persie celebrates scoring against Cardiff City during their English Premier League soccer match at Old Trafford
Manchester United's Juan Mata (L) looks on as teammate Robin van Persie celebrates scoring against Cardiff City during their English Premier League soccer match at Old Trafford
Manchester United's Juan Mata warms up ahead of the Barclays Premier League match at Old Trafford
Manchester United's Juan Mata warms up ahead of their English Premier League soccer match against Cardiff City at Old Trafford
Manchester United's Juan Mata merchandise on sale outside the ground ahead of the Barclays Premier League match at Old Trafford
Manchester United's Juan Mata merchandise on sale outside the ground ahead of the Barclays Premier League match at Old Trafford
Manchester United's Juan Mata merchandise on sale outside the ground ahead of the Barclays Premier League match at Old Trafford
Manchester United's Juan Mata waves to spectators as he warms up ahead of their English Premier League soccer match against Cardiff City at Old Trafford
Manchester United's Juan Mata waves to spectators as he warms up ahead of their English Premier League soccer match against Cardiff City at Old Trafford
Manchester United's Juan Mata warms up ahead of their English Premier League soccer match against Cardiff City at Old Trafford
Manchester United's Juan Mata warms up ahead of the Barclays Premier League match at Old Trafford
Manchester United's Juan Mata warms up ahead of the Barclays Premier League match at Old Trafford
Manchester United's manager manager David Moyes and Juan Mata (right) following the press conference at the Aon Training Complex, Manchester
Manchester United's Juan Mata merchandise on sale outside the ground ahead of the Barclays Premier League match at Old Trafford
Manchester United's Juan Mata merchandise on sale outside the ground ahead of the Barclays Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester

Juan Mata was handed his first Manchester United start for their Barclays Premier League encounter with Cardiff - and Robin van Persie returned too as David Moyes' men looked to kick-start their season.

Mata completed his club record £37.1million move from Chelsea on Saturday, while Van Persie has missed 11 games with a thigh strain.

Ryan Giggs was handed his 800th start for the club, whilst Wayne Rooney was also back on the bench after shrugging off a groin problem that has kept him out since the New Year's Day defeat by Tottenham.

Former United striker Fraizer Campbell was named in attack by Cardiff boss - and Red Devils hero - Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who also handed Craig Bellamy his first start since November 9.

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