'He's their Ozil' - Spanish press react to Mata's Manchester United debut

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Here's how the press in Spain reacted to Juan Mata's Manchester United debut.

Manchester United's Juan Mata got off to a winning start, providing an assist in the club's 2-0 win over Cardiff City.

With the record signing making big news in his homeland, eyes in the Spanish press were on the £37.1 million man to see just how he got on.

We decided to take a look at three leading Spanish newspapers' reactions to Mata's display, and here's what they had to say:

Marca: "Juan Mata was a happy man after the game at Old Trafford. The former Chelsea player started in his debut for Manchester United, played 84 minutes and was repeatedly cheered by the fans of the 'Red Devils'.

"From the first minute, Mata became the fan support.He was repeatedly cheered and the audience showed their love throughout the game,

El Mundo: Mata lands on his feet: Mata is not the solution to all problems at United. At least not the most urgent . He does not cover cracks in defense or midfield position, but gives life to attack the 'Red Devils ' with different solutions to the rest and his signing, as Arsenal with Mesut Özil, serves as a message : not every ambition is lost. He arrives in time to keep alive the aspirations of Manchester United.

"The essence of Juan Mata is create chances , either for himself or for his teammates in attack . His way of dealing with the ball introduces a new line of thinking in a Manchester United side. Mata thinks differently , in more direction , and is a game changer shown by assisting his first goal with the Red Devils."

Sport: "In his debut with the legendary shirt of the "Red Devils", Juan Mata returned to Old Trafford after offering in the win against Cardiff (2-0) a small sample of what he can bring as the most expensive signing in the history of Manchester United.

"Mata was received with much applause and some banners that already described him as the "saviour" of a club at a low.

"With the entrance of Rooney in the second half for Van Persie, Mata found that the England striker may be another good partner. The playmaker sought and often connected with the number 10.

"With little tempo, Mata perhaps lacked a little spark to strike the goal after 62 minutes when his shot was barely troubled the keeper.

"He left Old Trafford amid a standing ovation after completing note and thanking the fans for their support."

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