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Juan Mata exudes class, intelligence and panache – and not just with a ball at his feet.

The Reds’ no.8 has asserted himself as one of our key performers during his time at Old Trafford, regularly contributing important goals and assists. That includes a stunning scissor kick at Liverpool in March 2015 and his display at Merseyside was nothing short of mesmeric. Performances like these that elevated Juan to the status of a fans' favourite. Mata is an influential performer in any of the three main attacking positions across the pitch behind the lead striker – on either flank or in the no.10 role. A world-class creator and consistent goal-getter, he previously proved his class at Valencia and Chelsea. However, his game is about more than just attacking from deep to score goals. The Spain international has a sweet left foot, wonderful poise and balance, possesses great vision for a killer pass or wicked cross and is a danger from set-pieces. His creativity sets him apart; few players can match his minutes-per-assist ratio in the division. He was voted Chelsea's Player of the Year in both full campaigns in West London. These individual awards joined FA Cup, Champions League and Europa League winners' medals in his collection. At international level, Mata's list of honours is even more impressive. He was among Spain's World Cup and European Championship winners, making one substitute appearance in South Africa 2010 before proving even more influential at Euro 2012 by scoring in the final against Italy. He also captained Spain to European Under-21 Championship glory in 2011 and represented his country at the 2012 Olympics. Following his move to Old Trafford from Stamford Bridge in January 2014 – when the Spaniard travelled to the Aon Training Complex by helicopter – Mata scored a crucial equaliser in United’s dramatic extra-time victory over Crystal Palace in the 2016 FA Cup final. He also started the EFL Cup final success against Southampton and Europa League triumph against Ajax in 2017. Mata’s eye for a pass and knack of chipping in with key goals has continued in 2017/18, his double away to Leicester in December a highlight of his campaign. Those goals capped Juan’s best spell of the season, his displays earning a deserved nomination as the club’s player of the month for December – only the excellence of Lingard denied him. In February, the hugely popular player was frustrated to be involved in the first Video Assisted Refereeing decision in United’s history. His ‘goal’ in the fourth round FA Cup win at Huddersfield was controversially adjudged offside, despite inconclusive video evidence. Mourinho’s attacking options meant that Mata was part of a regularly rotated forward line-up in the final months of the season, stepping off the bench late on in the FA Cup final.

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  • Position

    Midfielder

  • Country

    Spain

  • Date of birth

  • Joined

  • United debut

    v Cardiff City (H)

I try to play with the ball – possession, passes, assists – but scoring goals has also been a big part of my career

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Mata: Amazing to have Sir Alex back Article

In his latest blog post, Juan Mata shares his delight at seeing Sir Alex Ferguson in the directors' box at Old Trafford.

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“It is great evidence of how he has recovered and it is great news for United that we will be able to count upon his support and wisdom for a long time to come. It is, without doubt, amazing news.”

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“Unfortunately, we weren’t able to dedicate a win to him at the weekend. Wolverhampton put in a very complete performance and they are a team that works very hard with a clear footballing philosophy.”

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“It would have been the icing on the cake after we kicked off the Champions League with a great win in Switzerland. Beating Young Boys opens up plenty of options for us to do well in the group.”

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“We end the week with a trip to London to face West Ham. We are looking forward to getting back out there and giving you another win.”

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“I was invited to take part in the World Football Summit this Tuesday in Madrid. I will find a way to get involved from afar with a debate about ‘Football as an engine for social development’.”

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Visit juanmata8.com to read Juan's blog in full.

Juan Mata says

“Allow me to start today’s blog by sharing how the whole world of football felt about Sir Alex Ferguson returning to Old Trafford on Saturday.”

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“On Tuesday we face Derby, a team coached by Frank Lampard. I was lucky enough to play with him and we shared some great memories together. I wish him all the best… from Wednesday onwards!”

Fred becomes 500th scorer Article

United's Brazilian new boy enters the record books with his maiden strike for the Reds.

Mata: This is a special week Article

Juan Mata gets excited about the return of Champions League football in his weekly blog post.

'I'm sending Luke a big hug' Article

In his weekly blog, Juan Mata has a message for Luke Shaw and looks ahead to a big month for United.

Juan Mata applauds United fans.

'Thank you for singing my song!' Article

In his latest blog entry, Juan Mata pays tribute to the fans after watching United's 2-0 win at Burnley with them.

#MondayMotivation
Juan Mata says

"We have to pick ourselves back up, improve and be positive, because there's plenty still to come and feeling sorry for ourselves isn't going to help anyone."

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