Mata: The future is exciting

Saturday 30 April 2022 07:00

Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata believes the club is heading for an exciting new era following the announcement that Erik ten Hag will become our new manager this summer.

The Reds midfielder, who joined the club from Chelsea back in 2014, was used as a second-half substitute during Thursday's 1-1 draw against his former club, replacing Marcus Rashford.

Making his ninth appearance of the season, Juan is one of several players with contracts expiring at the end of 2021/22.

Despite this, he insists his full focus is on United's final three remaining games as we target a rousing finish to a tough campaign.

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“Every single game that you play for this club you can play better or worse, you can have better or worse results but as a fan the thing I would like to see is players giving everything and fighting together and representing the club the best we can,” Mata said.

“That’s what we have to do unfortunately in the next [three] games because there are no more.

“Like I say, it is a question of pride and giving to the club what it deserves from us.”

With Ralf Rangnick's side in sixth position in the Premier League at present, the Reds have one final home game on Monday, as Thomas Frank's Brentford side visit M16.

And with incoming manager Ten Hag now confirmed, Juan believes fans should be positive about what can be expected under the Dutchman's tenure.

“I understand the fans’ frustration after this season because I would also be frustrated too,” added Juan.

“But I also think there is an an exciting future ahead, with a new era, with a new manager. Hopefully it is going to be a big change in terms of results and fans will be happy.”

Mata: We fought together


The Spaniard was pleased with the way the Reds came from a goal behind to draw against Chelsea.

For now, everyone is thinking about Brentford and securing three points as we look to sign off on a high in front of our supporters.

“Like in every other game but of course playing at home is always special,” Juan replied when asked how United would approach the game.

“Whenever you step onto that pitch it’s always special. Hopefully we can have a good game, we can end this season at home on a positive note because that’s what the fans deserve.”