Manchester United stalwart believes £37.5m man can become a club great

Ryan Giggs

Ryan Giggs has sung the praises of Manchester United's new club-record signing.

Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs believes Juan Mata has all the credentials to go on and become a club great after making an encouraging start to his career at Old Trafford.

Mata has started two games in succession and provided his first assist in the 2-1 defeat to Stoke City at the weekend, while he played a key role in United's first goal in the 2-0 win over Cardiff City last week.

And Giggs was suitably impressed by his early contribution, leaving the Welshman in no doubt the club's new £37m signing will continue to grow at Old Trafford.

In an exclusive interview with ManUtd.com, United's no.11 was quizzed on whether Mata could become one of the club's all-time greats. "I think he could be," Giggs said. "He's obviously got the talent.

"I don't want to put too much pressure on him but I don't see why not. I think that coming here will help him with regards to playing for Spain as well, if he is playing week in and week out [for us]. Spain have got a great side so if we have a regular Spanish player within Manchester United, it will be great because they are such a good team at the moment."

Mata's signing is being treated as a catalyst in United's season, with the reigning champions 15 points off the Premier League summit and seven points behind Liverpool who are in fourth place.

But Giggs is confident Mata can provide a much-needed boost for United and admits the players, just as much as the supporters, were thrilled by his addition.

"The players are just like the fans," Giggs added. "When they see a quality player come through the door, it gives them that excitement and you feel it around training. It gives everybody a lift.

"He has fitted in well. Obviously, we've played against him for the last three years and know the quality he has got. He's fitted in straight away and speaks really good English - better English than most of the lads!"

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