The 25-year-old Spanish midfielder signed for Manchester United in January for £37 million from Chelsea and is subsequently cup-tied and ineligible for selection by manager David Moyes for the Red Devils’ trip to the Allianz Arena where they face the European champions for the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie.
Mata, however, has chosen to travel with the squad to support his manager and colleagues and even dressed to impress in his Manchester United suit to travel to Munich on Tuesday.
The Spain international offered his words of pride and hope on ManUtd.com expressing his ‘good feeling’ ahead of the game but suggested he would be watching at home on TV:
“On Wednesday I'll be supporting from home, in front of the TV, aware that the Allianz Arena is one of the toughest stadiums in Europe... but also aware that we are Manchester United and I'm sure we can make it through!”
However, it seems the record signing who scored a brace in United’s 4-0 win at Newcastle on Saturday, has had a change of mind as the club’s official Twitter account posted a picture of Mata insisting he is travelling to Munich to cheer on the team.
The squad, manger and coaching staff have now officially landed in Munich ahead of David Moyes’ press conference on Tuesday afternoon. United need to score at least one goal against the Bundesliga champions to progress through to the semifinals of the Champions League but will be boosted by the return of Wayne Rooney who resumed training this week after concerns he could miss the game due to a toe injury.