Manchester United midfielder hails Juan Mata’s first year

Michael Carrick believes the Spaniard's first year at Old Trafford has proven to be a successful one.

Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick has hailed Juan Mata’s first year at the club, in an interview on the club’s official website.

The former Chelsea man was signed by former manager David Moyes for a then club-record £37.1 million this time last year, the club’s sole move in the previous January transfer window.

Now, fellow midfielder Michael Carrick has hailed the Spaniard’s acquisition, believing it has proved to be an important one for United.

“He’s just a little magician, isn’t he?” Carrick told MUTV.

“So clever and with so much ability – he’s a pleasure to watch. Playing against him over the years, I knew how good he was and we see it in training every day; some of the things he does really stand out.”

The Spanish attacking midfielder has been in fine form for United this season as he has had to prove himself to new manager Louis Van Gaal and fight for the coveted number 10 role with club and England captain Wayne Rooney.

More recently, statistics have shown him to be the best free-kick taker in the Premier League era, beating former United stars David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo to the impressive stat.

Aside from being an impressive figure on the pitch for United, Carrick has also revealed that he is playing an even more important role in the dressing room with the new Spanish contingent that has arrived at Old Trafford.

“I have to say he’s such a nice lad. He speaks English very well and is very intelligent,” the England international added.

“He’s even had a little job of translating [for the Spanish contingent] this year!”

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