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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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Juan Mata in action during Tour 2017.
Juan Mata on tour matches says

"To be honest, these games are for fitness reasons and some tactical training because you want to be ready for the important games in the season."

Juan Mata and Ander Herrera pose for the camera during Tour 2017

Why pre-season will be so important Article

Juan Mata and Ander Herrera discuss the intense training schedule that awaits United in the USA next month.

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Juan Mata says

"I’m terribly disappointed that we couldn’t win for you, because once again your support in the stadium was amazing. You deserved a different ending to the season."

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Juan Mata says

"We’re already thinking about the future. We must get better and try to go back to the path of victory that defines this magnificent club and all of you."

'Our fans deserved a better outcome' Article

Juan Mata has posted his final blog of the season and, obviously, he would have liked it to be very different.

Carrick and Mata embrace

'My word to describe Michael' Article

Juan Mata has used his weekly blog to sing the praises of United's soon-to-be-retired club captain.

Mata celebrates goal against Watford
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Juan Mata has opened the scoring in each of Watford's last two matches at Old Trafford.

Juan Mata arrives at Old Trafford on a matchday

Juan Mata: We're all united Article

The Spaniard used his latest blog entry to convey the squad's thoughts for Sir Alex Ferguson.

'I turned 30 but I still feel like a kid!' Article

In his blog, Juan reflects on his big birthday, reacts to beating Arsenal and pays tribute to Andreas Iniesta.

Juan Mata celebrates scoring against Arsenal at Old Trafford in November 2016.
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Juan Mata has scored five goals against Arsenal since arriving in England in 2011 - his joint favourite opponent with Norwich.

'Chelsea in the final will be special for me' Article

Juan Mata's latest blog focuses on the FA Cup, our victory over Spurs and a debate surrounding the venue for the final.

'I want to keep my weekly meeting with you' Article

Juan Mata accepts his blog is tough reading, but the Spaniard is committed to his relationship with the fans.

Juan Mata poses for photographs with United fans.

'Fans deserve good derby display' Article

Juan Mata blogs on the upcoming Manchester derby, Romelu Lukaku, Pelayo Novo and Ray Wilkins.

Juan Mata
Juan Mata says

"This game doesn’t come in an ideal situation, but we all know it’s a special game. We’re looking forward to playing against them and having a good performance. That’s what our fans deserve."

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