The full-back looked like he was on his way out with his contract up this summer having been largely ignored by manager Jose Mourinho since he took charge of the Red Devils.
The reverse fixture, played back in November at Old Trafford, saw Manchester United cruise to a 4-1 win, with the returning Paul Pogba on song.
Asked if that record could prey on the Portuguese’s mind, he said: ‘I hope so, but I don’t think so.
However, according to ESPN, Mata privately voiced his concerns when it became clear that Mourinho would be arriving at Man United, and it needed a conversation with the 55-year-old to put his worries to rest.
Newcastle welcome Manchester United to Tyneside for a Super Sunday showdown.
They sit just a point above the drop zone, and a defeat on Sunday could see them slip into the bottom three.
Newcastle – just one point above the relegation line in a very crowded bottom-half of the table – can not afford another lopsided loss.
The 29-year-old Algeria worldwide has endured a frustrating spell since his £29million switch from Sporting Lisbon to Leicester 18 months ago and is desperate to reignite his career under Rafael Benitez on Tyneside. But in general, can we really rely on our “playmakers” to make the plays that set up the goal?
Mourinho has never won a Premier League game at Newcastle in six visits.
Benitez said: “I was watching the TV, analysing some tactics from Huddersfield, Burnley, West Ham, Stoke, Leicester, a lot of teams playing defensive against Man City … that is what you have to do with a team who has 80 per cent possession”.
Jose Mourinho has heaped praise on Luke Shaw’s recent resurgence at Manchester United and insisted he would receive a new contract as a result. “We’re trying to improve that, and the competition will be good for them”.
“I’ve seen other teams with one line on the penalty spot and another on the edge of the box”.
While Mourinho is largely happy with the state of refereeing in the English game, he feels he has a duty to speak up and try and protect his players when he feels they have been singled out for rough treatment. We predict him to be 7th time lucky, with Manchester United cruising to a 3-0 win.