Mata on being a Manchester United fan, Rooney and confidence within United

Mata on being a Manchester United fan, Rooney and confidence within United

Juan Mata‘s weekly Grada360 blog on Monday is a great way to the week and this time around, he takes a look back at Manchester United’s win over Crystal Palace at the weekend and a look forward to the game against Olympiacos tomorrow.

The Spaniard is unfortunately cup-tied for the Champions League but he’ll be ‘supporting United from here as any other fan’ and has admitted that the team has a new found sense of confidence because of the convincing win over Crystal Palace at the weekend.

Speaking on his blog, Mata said: “Today my team-mates are packing for the trip to Athens, but I can’t go with them so I’ll stay in Manchester and support them from home…

“As you know, since I played the group stage with Chelsea I can’t participate in the same competition with my new team. It’s a shame because a Champions League match is always special and I keep good memories of this tournament that I was able to win just a couple of seasons ago. I have noticed that my team-mates are very excited about going through little by little. I hope we can do it.

“I’ll be supporting United from here as any other fan. At Karaiskakis, the team will face a tough opponent: Olympiakos are both the leaders and the reigning champions in Greece. Mitroglou -their goal scorer- and Weiss left the club in January, but they have signed two good players such as Valdez and Hernán Pérez.

“Olympiakos have a Spanish flavour with several players that have been in la Liga before: Roberto, Saviola, Chori, David Fuster or Joel Campbell. And the same can be said about the staff: the manager is Míchel, whom I met in Real Madrid Castilla. I’ll bit my nails nervously watching the game on telly. I will feel the same as you.

“We feel encouraged ahead of this game thanks to some good training days and a very important win at Crystal Palace. These three points gave us a lot of confidence. I think the team was solid and it was a clear victory. Me, personally, after five games with the team I feel there is more and more understanding with my team-mates on the pitch. The truth is, with a squad of such quality everything is easier.

“The game was special for Rooney after his recent renewal, and he was very happy. He deserves it; he is a model player in this club and it’s a privilege to have him with us now and in the coming years.”

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