Why Mata is back in a United shirt again

Friday 26 April 2024 10:45

Juan Mata is back in a Manchester United kit again, as he promotes this summer’s Tour 2024 match against Real Betis in San Diego, USA.

Our former playmaker made 285 appearances and scored 51 goals during nine seasons as a Red, winning the FA Cup, League Cup and Europa League.

It’s fair to say the Spaniard became an incredibly popular figure at Old Trafford thanks to his unique ability on the pitch and kindness off it. 

We think you’ll agree, it’s amazing to see Juan back in our kit, as he spreads the word about our July fixture at the Snapdragon Stadium

Mata left Old Trafford in 2022 and went on to win titles with Galatasaray in Turkey and Vissel Kobe in Japan. 

The 35-year-old is considering his next move in football and, to our delight, he is currently speaking about United in America. 

Juan arrived in San Diego earlier this week and spent Thursday in the community, chatting with the media, visiting a local YMCA centre, training with youngsters and even seeing the air base.

“We are visiting some soccer schools, hospitals, we are trying to do as much as we can in these three or four days that we will be here," said Juan.

“Because it's very important for a football player to actually get to know where we are and connect with the soccer fans, and for Manchester United too, so it is a great opportunity for both the club and myself. I'm really excited about being in San Diego, which is a lovely place. I'm also looking forward to the game.

“It's going to be a nice game against a Spanish side that I know very well. It is going to be a competitive game, although it is pre-season and there's no points, but I'm sure that both teams will bring the best teams they can and hopefully there's great entertainment for the fans. It's always been great to play in front of the US fans for United. I remember many fantastic stadiums and many fantastic memories with them, so hopefully it's going to be one of those.”

Juan has been joined by Real Betis legend Tab Ramos and, together, they are promoting this summer’s Tour 2024 fixture at the impressive Snapdragon Stadium. 

Tickets for the game are available to buy online here.

Look out for more content from Mata’s trip to the USA in the coming days. 

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