FOOTBALL NEWS

06/03/2014 17:00, Report by Mark Froggatt

Mata is February star

Manchester United fans around the world have voted Juan Mata as their Player of the Month for February, capping the Spaniard's fine start to life at Old Trafford.

The club-record transfer, who signed from Chelsea in late January, caught the eye during his four appearances to earn 55 per cent of votes on ManUtd.com and its six foreign language sites, placing him ahead of fellow nominees Patrice Evra and Nemanja Vidic. 

After receiving his award and a £500 cheque for a charity of his choice, the Spaniard explained he's humbled to be acknowledged by supporters at this stage of his Reds career. 

“It's amazing for me to be awarded with this prize after my first month. I have played just a few games, five games I think, and I am really grateful the fans have voted for me.

“I feel really happy. Life in Manchester is good, I have already found a house, I have a new home and I am trying to know different places around the city. It is a really nice city to live in. It is quiet, relaxing and you can be focused on what is important – playing football.”

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Player of the Month

February poll results

1st - Juan Mata
2nd - Patrice Evra
3rd - Nemanja Vidic

Previous 2013/14 winners

August: Robin van Persie
September: Wayne Rooney
October: Adnan Januzaj
November: Wayne Rooney
December: Wayne Rooney
January: Adnan Januzaj
February: Juan Mata

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