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Juan Mata applauding the Manchester United fans at Old Trafford.

Mata: Munich is always in our memory

Each and every Monday during the season, Manchester United star Juan Mata pens a personal blog. In his latest entry, the Spanish maestro reflects on an emotional day at Old Trafford on Saturday…

Hi everyone,

When you have a painful defeat like the one we had in midweek against Tottenham, all you want is for the next game to start as soon as possible. We needed to show the character of the team and to react in front of our fans in order to go back to the winning path. And so we did.

I think it was a complete performance, one of those days when the game is under your control, and we managed to close it in time to add the three points. I hope we can do the same against Newcastle this coming weekend. We really enjoyed ourselves on the pitch, especially during the second half, and eventually we could dedicate the victory to the victims (and their families) of that fateful day in Munich.

Fans gathered around the commemorative Munich plaque outside Old Trafford.
Fans turned out before Saturday's game for a memorial service, close to the Munich plaque on the Old Trafford forecourt.

But the day that is absolutely shown in red on this week's calendar is on Tuesday, a day that marks the 60th anniversary of the air disaster. The victims will never be forgotten, they will always be remembered and will be a part of United's history forever. The passion, determination and courage shown by the club to carry on in those horrible moments have left an indelible mark forever.

The “Flowers of Manchester” will always be with us. By the way, the minute of silence before our game was simply spectacular… it is because of this kind of thing that this club is so special.



Juan Mata's full blog is available to read on his official website.

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