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17/02/2014 09:36, Report by Nick Coppack

Blog: Mata working hard

Every Monday, Juan Mata takes time out to write a personal blog, expressing his feelings and sharing his thoughts with Manchester United supporters. Here is an extract of the Spaniard’s latest offering, written while on a warm-weather training camp in the Middle East…

Following our game against Arsenal, since we didn’t have any fixture scheduled on the weekend, the club thought a few days of work far from Manchester would be good for us, in order to recharge our batteries with a view to the final stage of the season.

This kind of break always helps to make the group even stronger and to switch off a bit from the different competitions and the tight schedule. Also, it’s amazing to see how many fans the club has around the world.

Personally, these days are good for me to settle even more in the team and share these moments with my team-mates. And also, obviously, to train hard and get used to the new working patterns after just three weeks in the club. These are long days, with training sessions and events with sponsors; we spend a lot of time together but there is free time too, so I can discover this country and its culture.

It’s true the weather here is great and every day has been sunny, so some of us will look more tanned after this break, for sure…

Our last game was a draw at the Emirates against Arsenal. It’s not a bad result, but the truth is we had chances to win and that is what we need. That’s what we are working for, now that the end of the season is approaching. 

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