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Juan Mata arriving at Old Trafford.

Mata: We've missed playing at Old Trafford

Hi everyone. International football has finished and this week we get back to our day-to-day routine to focus on our next game and train with the team.

For me, it is a wonderful routine because I am lucky enough to be able to dedicate my time to something that I'm so passionate about like football. I'm fortunate.

I’ve looked back and we haven’t played at Old Trafford since 28 October [the 2-1 win over Everton], which was more than three weeks ago.

It’s been a long while and the team misses it, as you’d expect when your home is somewhere so special. You want to get back to playing there as soon as possible and put in a good showing for the fans.

Fans outside Old Trafford.
After almost a month without a home game, the Reds have two in the space of four days coming up.

After such a long time, we are heading towards two consecutive home matches. This week we play Crystal Palace before, three days later, we go up against Young Boys in the Champions League.

We aren’t going to fall into the trap of thinking that these are games that are easier than others.

We are going to play knowing the importance of them, motivated to keep moving forward and to get into December in good spirits. In the last month of the year, we have plenty of fixtures and it is key to get to this part of the season in good form in England to ensure you have a more successful campaign.

After some time where I have been able to enjoy myself with family and friends, it is time to get back to training and meet up with my team-mates.

Hugs, and I hope you all have a good week.

Juan

You can read my full blog here on my website, JuanMata8.com.

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