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16/09/2011 09:00

Papers: Mata in awe

Paul Brown writes in The Star...

Mata: Giggs is my hero
Juan Mata heads to Old ­Trafford on Sunday dreaming of meeting one of Manchester United’s all-time greats. Chelsea’s £24m summer signing from Valencia idolised golden oldie Ryan Giggs when he was growing up in Spain. Now he could be playing against the winger, 37, who rolled back the years with another stunning goal in the Champions League on Wednesday. Mata said: “When I was growing up, I had many idols, like Dennis Bergkamp and Gianfranco Zola. But Ryan Giggs was an inspiration to me. I think he showed what he’s worth with that goal. He’s one of the best ­wingers ever. Perhaps I noticed Giggs because he plays in the same position as me. He was incredibly impressive, with his tackling, dribbling and general style."

Although there's a lot of focus on Chelsea, along with the quotes from Anders Lindegaard after the Benfica game regarding his fight for a first-team spot, last weekend's win at Bolton is still in the headlines following Owen Coyle's press conference comments. "The bottom line is Kevin Davies made a challenge on Tom Cleverley which was a foul. That is all it was," insisted Coyle in The Daily Mail. Last year at Old Trafford, Stuart Holden was injured and he has been out ever since. I don't recall us making any fuss about the challenge. It was a red card for Jonny Evans. At the end of the day, Kevin made a challenge and the referee awarded a free-kick. That was it."

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