Juan Mata dedicates his goal against Southampton to Luke Shaw [Instragram]

Manchester United’s Juan Mata is a total mensch.

Mata was on the scoresheet on Sunday at United claimed a 3-2 win away at Southampton in the Premier League.

Mata’s goal was special, as the Spanish international capped off an amazing 45-pass sequence from the Red Devils as they opened up the Saints like a can of beans.

Summer signing Memphis Depay produced the final pass via the post after a lovely piece of skill in the box.

After the match, Mata turned to social media to give his post game thoughts, and the 27-year-old paid touching tribute to Luke Shaw on both Instagram and Twitter.

Shaw’s season was ended last week in the Champions League when he suffered a double leg break against PSV.

More than three points. "This victory is for Luke Shaw." – Juan Mata #mufc

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Manchester United now lie 2nd in the Premier League table, just two points behind their city rivals Manchester City.

The Red Devils face Ipswich in the Capital One Cup on Wednesday before hosting struggling Sunderland in the league on Saturday.