Manchester United travel to Bramall Lane to meet Sheffield Unite next Monday as genuine underdogs.
Chris Wilder’s newly promoted side are fifth in the Premier League and are playing football similar to that of Barcelona circa 2010.
They have beaten Arsenal, held Tottenham Hotspur to a draw, and seem likely exactly the kind of team that leaves this United side unstuck, much like Wolverhampton Wanderers.
So, how should United line up for the meeting with the Blades?
Well, this is where Juan Mata comes in handy – a player who can shine a torch through the muddy darkness, whose composure rarely deserts him.
In difficult encounters, United could sometimes benefit from slowing down, thinking, rather than trying to ramp things up and losing direction in the process. This is why Mata may end up being a key player when United travel to Yorkshire.