David Moyes spoke exclusively to
How pleased are you to have signed Juan Mata?
I’m really pleased. He’s someone we’ve been interested in for a long time. We couldn’t say much about it but he was certainly on our radar for a couple of months in the hope that we could get him. I never felt we would get that opportunity because I wasn’t sure that Chelsea would ever sell him to us. Thankfully we got there and I’m delighted he’s here.
How surprised are you that Chelsea have allowed their Player of the Year for the past two seasons to join one of their traditional rivals?
I’m a bit surprised because it’s not something that tends to happen especially between Premier League teams. We’ve got a really exciting player and one I’m looking forward to working with. He did a great job for Chelsea in the last few years with his goalscoring and assists and I’m looking forward to seeing him in the red jersey now and doing it for us.
It’s notoriously difficult to get top-class players in during January but surely he is the best available?
I think he is. I said at the start I didn’t think there would be many signings even for ourselves. It wasn’t meant in any way to be negative, it was just the truth. We had been working behind the scenes and seeing if it would be possible and all credit to Ed Woodward and the rest of the staff at the club because they went and got us the player. As I said before I’m looking forward to it and the players are