Manchester United play-maker Juan Mata has been reflecting on his first season at Old Trafford in an interview with the club’s official website.
The Spaniard signed for United for a then-club-record £37.1million on this day in 2014, arriving from Chelsea with David Moyes' side in desperate need of a spark to turn an uninspiring season on its head.
Mata was unable to propel United back into the top four as had been hoped, but he did suggest he could become a future Old Trafford favourite with some promising performances.
The former Chelsea player ended last season with six goals and five assists and his form late in that campaign – including braces against Norwich City and Newcastle United – suggested he had well and truly found his feet in Manchester.
This season he has scored five goals and set up an additional three but he has struggled to impact games in recent weeks.
That said, he still has much to offer, and in the interview he reflected on all things United following his first 12 months at the club.
When asked about his best goals in a United shirt, Mata said, “I liked the two free-kicks I scored at Newcastle and Southampton last season. They were good goals.”
And as for his favourite memory at United thus far, the Spaniard said, “I would probably say the first day I arrived here and then my debut, which was two or three days later.
“We won, the fans voted me man of the match and everything was perfect that day.”
Things have not always been perfect since, but United look on the up after the difficult campaign under Moyes, even if some of their performances with Louis van Gaal’s favoured 3-5-2 formation still leave a little to be desired.