Manchester United play-maker Juan Mata has settled into the club surprisingly quickly, considering the problems the team has suffered this season and the fact the Spaniard only arrived from Chelsea in January.
But it appears the club-record signing is keen to embrace all elements of life as a United player, and he has now joined in a question-and-answer session with the club’s official Facebook page.
When asked how it felt to step onto the Old Trafford pitch as a United player for the first time, the £37million man replied, “Everyone knows about the history of this club but it’s only when you see it properly and see the trophies that you realise how astonishing it is.
“For me, it’s always been good to know about the history of your club, and I think this one has the best history in the country.”
United fans will be glad to hear that; Chelsea fans, not so much. But Mata was quickly on to another question, this time who he regarded as his footballing idols.
“(Roberto) Pompei is one,” Mata said. “He was a midfielder for Real Oviedo, who I supported and still support. He also played for Argentina. There was Pablo Aimar, who played for Argentina as well, and when I was at Real Madrid I loved watching Zinedine Zidane. He played with so much elegance.”
So many players hail Zidane – understandably – as the player they looked up to as they were making their own way in the game. In fact Mata follows in the footsteps of Marouane Fellaini, United’s other recent arrival who said the same thing when asked that very question earlier this season.
And finally, Mata was asked what his biggest passion away from football was, and anyone who has read his weekly blog will not be surprised by the answer.
“I enjoy many different things,” he said. “I like to read and watch movies and TV box-sets if I am away with the team.
“On a day off I like to explore places around the city or villages nearby to my house. I’m a curious person. I like to know about many different things.”
Curious he may be, but there is nothing so about his performances for United this season. The only question is what comes next for a player surely destined to be joined by a number of quality reinforcements this summer.