Manchester United latest: Mata unveiled and strike duo return

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Manchester United unveiled Juan Mata as their new signing for a club record fee of £37.1 million from Chelsea today.

The 25-year-old midfield ace will wear the No.8 shirt for the Red Devils and took time out to pose for photographers at Old Trafford.

The Spaniard spoke glowingly of his move to the champions in his first press conference as a Manchester United player today and hopes he can fire the Red Devils back to glory.

"People are expecting big things from me and I am looking forward to it," he said. "What I like the most about this club is the character. I think if another club were in this position in the league, I think it would be very difficult to come back and take first position, but this club can do it.

"This is the real image I have from Man United, always fighting to win titles, always coming back from difficult moments,” he added.

"The team is really good, the squad is really good. This season they have had some unlucky moments they didn't deserve. Hopefully from now until the end of the season we will win as many games as we can."

Mata also spoke highly of Wayne Rooney whom he believes is one of the best players in history.

"For me, he's one of the best players in the history of this country. He's an unbelievable player,” he stated.

“I will try to connect with him as much as possible and find the gaps in rival defences. I think that's my best style of play, to get into positions where I can assist the strikers."

United legend Gary Neville believes Juan Mata could give the champions ‘the lift they need’.

Neville said: "Hopefully Mata will have a big impact on the rest of the players because they seem flat, they've lost their confidence at times; creativity in the final third has been a problem.”

Meanwhile, striker Wayne Rooney could be offered a ‘bumper’ £300,000 a week deal to stay on at United beyond his current contract which expires in the summer of 2015, less than 18 months away.

David Moyes has ‘promised more new signings’ ahead of the January transfer window deadline on Friday at 11pm but the boss expects to do most of his business in the summer.

"Hopefully it will be the first of some new signings who will arrive more likely in the summertime,” he explained.

Elsewhere, United turned down a bid for Adnan Januzaj from Paris Saint-Germain according to reports today. The Ligue 1 champions are believed to have made an enquiry but United have turned down any attempts to broker a deal for the youngster.

United take on Cardiff City tomorrow evening at Old Trafford. The game will mark the return to Old Trafford for the first time for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as manager of the opposition.

In team news, Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie both trained today and could make a return to action against Cardiff.

Boss David Moyes has confirmed he will hand Juan Mata his debut on Tuesday against the Welsh outfit.

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