Juan Mata arriving at Old Trafford.

Mata: The games ahead will ask for our best football

Monday 15 October 2018 09:43

Hi everyone. I'm writing to you all after a week without club football. I know that many of you, in footballing terms, will know a little bit about how that feels because Manchester United haven't played. It is normal, I'm also looking forward to our next game too.

It will, without doubt, be a special one for me: Chelsea v Manchester United at Stamford Bridge. For us, it will be the first test from a tough run of fixtures, but we are hoping to play at a high level and return home with a win. We will finish off October by welcoming both Juventus and Everton to Old Trafford. It is a fixture list that is going to ask for our best football.

I have said that there have been no club games, but that isn’t necessarily true. There have been a lot of other competitions still taking place, including the Spanish second division where Real Oviedo lost (I’m sending plenty of encouragement their way from England); and the FA Women’s Championship where Manchester United beat Charlton Athletic 3-0 [on Sunday]. I wish Casey Stoney all of the luck in the world, you have all of our support.

Mata will come up against some familiar foes when United face Chelsea on Saturday.

There has also been more good news for Common Goal. A legend of both football and Manchester United, Eric Cantona, joined our movement. It was a day where I myself felt really proud and happy, as Eric becomes a ‘mentor’ for Common Goal and will support us greatly.

Hugs, I hope you all have a great week.


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