Did Juan Mata imitate Alan Pardew's dance in FA Cup final?

The Spaniard had just been substituted and looked like he heard what Pardew had been doing

James Orr
Saturday 21 May 2016 20:20
Juan Mata seems to do a Pardew-esque dance of his own
Juan Mata seems to do a Pardew-esque dance of his own

Did Juan Mata imitate Alan Pardew's samba dance moves after he was substituted in the FA Cup final between Manchester United and Crystal Palace today (watch below)?

The snake-hipped Palace manager bust out some serious moves in celebration of Jason Puncheon's goal at Wembley Stadium. But three minutes later Mata equalised with a sweetly-struck volley.

Then, as the game went into extra-time, Jesse Lingard fired United 2-1 up with another superb volley to secure the cup for United.




Before kick-off, Pardew urged his players to seize the opportunity of cementing their names in the club's history by beating Manchester United in the FA Cup final on Saturday.

It is the first time Palace has made it to the FA Cup final since 1990 when - again facing Manchester United - they lost 1-0 in a replay, after a 3-3 draw in the first match. A victory at Wembley would bring the Eagles their first major trophy.

Pardew, who turned out for Palace as a player in that losing encounter 26 years ago, said his side's counter-attacking football could give them an advantage against Louis Van Gaal's men.

"We play street football, with players from different roots. This group has the opportunity to put something permanent there, the first major trophy for this club," the 54-year-old told reporters on Thursday.

"We have got areas of the pitch where we're slightly superior and we must make that count."

Manchester United will be looking to win their first major silverware since winning the Premier League in 2013, and Pardew insists the pressure is on United to deliver.

"I think the pressure's always on them because they're Manchester United," he said.

"Manchester United keep the ball really well and we are going to have to be patient at times.

"We are going to be the side that needs to fight that bit harder to win."

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