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Juan Mata poses for photographs with United fans.

Mata: Fans deserve good derby performance

Hi everyone. We went back to the Premier League after the international break and we did it at the place we like the most, Old Trafford, in a way that we also like - winning and feeling good.

The victory against Swansea was important because we got the three points and we clearly deserved to win. Scoring an early goal is always a good help and that 1-0 was the key to keep playing with confidence and trying to get more goals.

The feelings were really good in the first half. I think it was one of the best first halves of the season. In the second half, the pace wasn’t that high, but we managed to keep the score and win.

In particular, I’d like to congratulate Romelu Lukaku for his 100th goal in the Premier League.

How social went nuts for Rom article

Twitter saluted Romelu Lukaku after the Belgian notched his 100th Premier League goal.

Reaching that number of goals at the age of 24 is something truly exceptional that only the great goalscorers can achieve. I’m happy especially for Romelu, because his work for the team doesn’t reflect only through his goals. He is a great guy and he deserves it.

 

Goals: United 2 Swansea City 0Video

This week, we will keep working on a game that many people are already talking about. Of course, I mean the derby against Manchester City.

This game doesn’t come in an ideal situation, as there’s quite a gap of points between the two of us, but we all know that it’s a special game. We’re looking forward to playing against them and having a good performance. That’s what our fans deserve.

Antonio Valencia holds off Manchester City's Gabriel Jesus in December's derby at Old Trafford.
The Reds make the short trip across town for the second Manchester derby of the season on Saturday

Before signing off today I’d like to wish a full recovery to Pelayo Novo, a guy from Asturias, formerly in the Real Oviedo Academy and now playing for Albacete, who suffered a serious accident at the pre-game hotel in Huesca. All my support to you and a big hug, Pelayo.

I also want to send my support and best wishes to Ray Wilkins, a legend of English football, who had a cardiac arrest a few days ago.

Have a nice week and, as always, thank you for your support.

Hugs,
Juan

P.S. As regards to Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s debut in the MLS… what can I say? He scored two goals (one of them stunning) in the team’s comeback. I think there’s a new neighbour in Los Angeles and he’s going to give plenty to talk about ;).

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