Juan Mata is not your average footballer. As a further demonstration of that, he regularly tells us what he is thinking with a well-written and astute blog.
His most recent entry has covered his first eight days as a Manchester United player, the death of his former international boss Luis Aragones and Valencia’s shock win over Barcelona.
On his debut, Mata was effusive in his praise for the Old Trafford faithful.
“I can assure you that I will never forget that night,” Mata wrote of the match against Cardiff City. “The reception from the fans was unbelievable.
“And the ovation when I was substituted, amazing. You get goose bumps.”
Mata has started well for his new club, and despite suffering a defeat to Stoke City on Saturday, the Spaniard can take heart from his assist for Robin van Persie’s goal.
In fact, when those two and Wayne Rooney get on the same wave-length, David Moyes’ side should have no trouble scoring. They just need to start keeping them out at the other end.
“The truth is I feel very comfortable on the pitch with my teammates,” Mata added. “More and more after every game.”
But he also reserved special praise for Aragones, writing, “Rest in peace, Luis, and thank you to everything you have given to our football.”
Mata thanked his new fans for their support and assured them he was confident for the rest of the season.
“The team’s mentality is not in doubt,” he said. But their place in next season’s Champions League is, and it will be players like Mata who have to ensure they make it in the weeks and months to come.
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