Juan Mata.

Mata: Last week was one of my strangest!

I'm writing this today after one of the strangest weeks that I've had, on an individual level, in years.

As I told you a week ago, I'm not used to being injured. The week has crawled by without being able to train with my team-mates.

I've been around them each day, of course, as I am going through my recovery at the training ground, but it’s not the same.

Juan Mata picked up an injury against Liverpool.
Juan picked up an injury against Liverpool which forced him to miss our two matches last week.

It is hard to not be able to contribute, and even more so during a week with two games. To everyone’s delight, the team have been doing well out on the pitch, showing that we are all able to compete.

On Wednesday, we were able to win at a tough stadium like Selhurst Park, where Romelu Lukaku scored a brace and James Garner made his debut. 

Every time that an Academy player debuts with the first team, we feel as though this club’s best tradition just keeps on going, making us stronger.

James, on top of being a great lad, is a great central midfielder who can pick his passes well and control the tempo of games – hopefully he has a huge career ahead of him.

James Garner in action for United.
James Garner made his first-team debut as a late substitute in our win at Crystal Palace.

It was really important to win this game to help us towards our target for the end of the season, given that our rivals aren’t slacking.

On Saturday, we won again with a comeback against Southampton. They had a good game at Old Trafford and I really hope that they manage to stay up.

It was a game of amazing goals in which, fortunately, we were able to get our noses in front. It is weird for me to celebrate goals in front of the television or in the stands like all of you, but in the end I was obviously very happy :-)

Highlights: United 3 Southampton 2Video

This week, we have two more games… which will probably go by slowly for me again, although I will be supporting the team and carrying on with my recovery process. I’m feeling good about it, every day I’m a bit better and I am working to be back as soon as possible.

I hope you all have a great week. 

Hugs,
Juan 

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