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10/08/2014 09:00,
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Juan Mata: United's sociable star

United fans quickly took Juan Mata to heart. The £37.1million signing is a stylish player on the pitch. Off it, he's an avid social media user and enjoys connecting with fans on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram – and that's important to him...

Some people say it takes time to truly settle at a new club; do you feel that you are a Manchester United player now?
Yes I do, and this is down to the players in the dressing room who have helped me a lot. They are a great bunch of lads who made it really easy for me in my first six months.

Spain's early exit meant you could integrate back into the squad sooner...
That's true, in fact it'll probably be the only full pre-season I get because I'm always playing tournaments in the summer. It's nice to be with the lads and the new manager and it was great being on tour, appreciating what it's like to be in the States with United.

Are you happy with your own form on the pitch?
I am. At times during last season there were hard moments for everyone but I always tried to do what I do which is to score goals and set my team-mates up. I scored six goals last year and I am looking forward to hopefully do it again and again this season.

Why do you feel that the United fans took to you so easily? It often takes time for the fans to accept a player, but with you it happened so quickly...
I noticed that straight away, right from my debut. My first goal, at Old Trafford, was really emotional for me too. I am extremely grateful to them for their support, always in the stadium, the training ground and even in the street, they always show me their support – that's really important for me.

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