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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 arriving at Old Trafford.

'We've missed playing at Old Trafford' Article

In his latest blog entry, Juan Mata says the Reds are looking forward to playing at home again this weekend.

Juan Mata in training.
#MUTrivia
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Juan Mata has now registered 199 United appearances and the Spaniard could reach the two-century mark against Crystal Palace, at Old Trafford on Saturday 24 November.

Juan Mata.

'Now is the time to analyse' Article

Juan Mata says the international break allows the Reds to "analyse what we're doing well and where we have to improve".

Juan Mata says

"Hi everyone. We arrive at the final international break of the year after a week filled with many emotions. Unfortunately, they have been contrasting ones."

Juan Mata says

"If after Turin we returned home happy and positive, after the Manchester derby we obviously felt the complete opposite. It is a tough defeat to take because it is a special fixture, one that our fans wait expectantly for."

Juan Mata says

"We had our chances and the team fought, but they performed better and there’s nothing else to do but congratulate them, aside from focusing on improving to make sure the second derby of the season will have a different outcome."

Juan Mata says

"Against Juventus we managed to take a win that is very important, as it leaves us in a good position to qualify for the knockout stages of the Champions League."

Juan Mata says

"The group is tough and nothing is guaranteed, but winning in Turin allows us to depend on ourselves in our final two games, which will be after the international break."

Juan Mata says

"It is the time to analyse what we are doing well and where we have to improve to make sure we’re at our best for the barrage of games that awaits us between now and the end of the year."

David De Gea and Juan Mata

Mata explains glorious free-kick Article

The Spaniard gave MUTV the inside track on his beautiful equaliser against Juventus.

Juan Mata.

'We're motivated for two tough matches' Article

Juan Mata says the Reds face "one of the most difficult weeks of the season" with the "utmost motivation".

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