Juan Mata has revealed that he ‘suffered’ while watching Manchester United’s defeat to Olympiakos last week.
The Spaniard was ineligible to play for United because he’d already played for Chelsea in the competition, which meant he had to watch the game at home as United produced their worst performance in Europe this season.
“As I can’t play Champions I had to watch the match at home and suffered as I couldn’t help! Nevertheless, although it’ll be difficult, I think we can comeback at Old Trafford with an incredible atmosphere thanks to our fans,” wrote the Spaniard on his personal blog.
Mata also confirmed that it’s been a ‘great weekend’ for him personally as he was able to use the fact that United didn’t have a fixture as an excuse to go home and visit family in Spain.
It’s important for United for the star to stay fresh both physically and mentally because as soon as David Moyes puts him into his best position, he’ll quickly become one of the most important players for the club.
“It is a real pleasure for me to come to my country, something I do every time I can! Perhaps the worst thing about living abroad is not being able to be with the ones I truly love as my grandparents, uncles, cousins - Definitely, this weekend has been great for me to recharge the batteries towards the rest of the season,” he added.
United have a huge month which sees them take on Liverpool and Manchester City at home in the Premier League as well as the second leg against Olympiakos, where hopefully Mata won’t be suffering as he watches on from the stands.
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