Juan Mata does not see his long term position as a winger at Manchester United and admitted his preference was to play in the No. 10 role behind the striker.
Although Mata has been down as a right-winger on paper, in recent games he has began to drift inside and has really been able to impact the game because he can get more involved.
Manchester United have reaped the rewards against Crystal Palace and West Brom with some of the best football we have played this season and Mata has been an integral part of that, so hopefully he will continue to drift inside.
“Right now I am playing on the right but to honest I don’t see myself as a proper winger,” Mata told BT Sport.
“I love to play between the lines as a No.10, come inside, that is where I feel comfortable to play; to keep in touch with the ball because I love to play in possession and with the ball.”
One stumbling block for Mata’s desire to become Manchester United’s No. 10 is that it is the position Wayne Rooney has taken up this season more often than not, but Mata is happy to be playing with the likes of Rooney and Van Persie.
“When we talk about them, we are talking about two of the best strikers in the world,” Mata added.
“Wayne is one of the best in the history of England, for sure, and Robin is the captain of Holland, so it is an honour for me to try and assist them because almost every chance you create is a goal.”
“When you see this club [from the] outside as a massive club, an enormous club and when you are in and you can feel everything that is happening inside, the repercussions around the world and the amount of fans. They expect you to win every game but it is good to have that pressure because that means you are playing at the highest level.”
Mata also released his weekly blog on Grada 360 today where he looked forward to the game against Liverpool and thanked Manchester United fans for his Player of the Month trophy.
On the Liverpool game…
“The so-called North West Derby is always a big game in England, even more this season if you look at the Premiership table. At this stage, every match is important. There are less and less games to play and we want to get all the points. I hope we continue to play the way we did last week and delight the fans.”
On his Player of the Month trophy…
“Also this week I had the honour to receive the Manchester United Player of the Month award. It means a lot to me because the fans are the ones who voted. I want to thank all of you, this gives me so much confidence. I hope it will be the first of many.”