A week that began with David Moyes being axed as manager ended with interim boss Ryan Giggs overseeing a 4-0 home victory over Norwich City, with substitute Mata coming on and scoring twice.
The Spaniard stopped for a selfie with a fan in the aftermath of the victory:
Mata reflected that he wished the season could be longer, writing in his weekly column which appears on manutd.com:
The season goes on, although just for three more games, which makes me kind of sad because I'm feeling really good and I would love this Premier League to last a few more weeks.
Lastly, by the time you read these lines it will be already 28 April! I came to this world on a day like this 26 years ago, time flies!
Mata also had a few words for Moyes following the latter's departure from Old Trafford:
Obviously, I don't want to forget that, since the beginning of the week, David Moyes is no longer our manager. I wish him and his technical staff the best of luck in the future, and I do thank him for his continuous interest in me and his importance during my transfer to become a Manchester United player.
It's too early to say whether the Red Devils are about to turn a corner, but it certainly seems as if the mood around the club has improved, and United will hope that Mata is at the heart of a resurgence next season.