The Spaniard has now been at Manchester United exactly a year and despite perhaps not hitting the heights he sometimes showed at Chelsea, his scoring record and overall contribution has been impressive and he’s incredibly popular among supporters.
Mata was one of few key first team players rested against Cambridge on Friday night, alongside captain Wayne Rooney, and he will almost certainly return against Leicester on Saturday and potentially play in the replay.
Mata believes United have to look at what happened to rivals Chelsea and Manchester City in their home games to lower league clubs on Saturday when it comes to their own home tie a week on Tuesday.
Writing on his blog, the Spaniard said: “As you know, last Friday we drew in Cambridge in the FA Cup. It was a very physical game, played in tricky conditions, and now there will be a replay at home to try to get to the next round.
“On paper, it may seem easy to beat a team of a lower division. It is not. We just have to take the example of last Saturday, with two big clubs being knocked out at home. It reminds us that the FA Cup is full of surprises. Also, it should be a warning sign for us ahead of our replay.”
United certainly cannot afford to be complacent because Cambridge earned a replay with a battling performance and will no doubt show that same sort of determination next week at Old Trafford.