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Mata magic gets Man United up and running

Wolfsburg had taken the lead early on.

Manchester United's Chris Smalling celebrates scoring his side's second goal during the UEFA Champions League Group B match at Old Trafford, Manchester.
Manchester United's Chris Smalling celebrates scoring his side's second goal during the UEFA Champions League Group B match at Old Trafford, Manchester.
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JUAN MATA SCORED one goal and made another as Manchester United came from behind to beat Wolfsburg 2-1 on Wednesday and kick their Champions League campaign into gear.

Beaten 2-1 at PSV Eindhoven in their opening game two weeks ago, Louis van Gaal’s side fell behind to a fourth-minute Daniel Caligiuri goal at Old Trafford before Mata rode to the home team’s rescue.

The Spain midfielder won and scored a 34th-minute penalty and then set up Chris Smalling with a stunning improvised flick eight minutes into the second half to give improving United a fourth consecutive victory.

United are back on top of the Premier League for the first time in two years and their defeat of Wolfsburg, coupled with PSV’s 3-2 loss at CSKA Moscow, left them in a four-way tie for first place in Group B ahead of their trip to the Russian capital on October 21.

Wolfsburg finished the game strongly but could not prevent a fourth successive defeat in England, which left last season’s German Cup winners and Bundesliga runners-up without a win in three matches.
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