Man Utd news: Juan Mata opens up on Jose Mourinho's plans for Alexis Sanchez
Jose Mourinho has been without a number of attacking players due to their exploits at the World Cup in Russia.
Romelu Lukaku, Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard are all expected to miss the start of season which has left the United boss short of options up front on their pre-season tour of the United States.
Anthony Martial is also missing after leaving the tour to be present for the birth of his second child.
As a result, Sanchez and Mata have been used as United’s front two in the last two games against AC Milan and Liverpool.
The duo are likely to be deployed in the same roles when United conclude their tour against Real Madrid on Wednesday morning (1.05am).
“It’s a different shape,” Mata told MUTV.
“I think the manager is trying to fit all the first-team squad players into the first XI and I’ve felt okay.
“It’s a system that I think is very difficult to play against and in the last two games I was playing with Alexis up front.
“I used to play as a striker when I was a kid in the Real Madrid Academy and I like to be in the box, so it’s fine.
“It’s been a few years since I’ve played there but I think once you’ve played in there you pick up the components and you still have them.
“Now I just try to play that position and try to score.”
Manchester United open their Premier League campaign against Leicester on August 10.