Manchester United’s Juan Mata: It is a ‘pleasure’ to play at Old Trafford

by Ben Topliss

Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata has revealed it is a “pleasure” to play at Old Trafford.

Mata joined Man United in January 2014 and has gone on to become a fans’ favourite at the club.

He endured a difficult start to life under Louis van Gaal last year but the Spaniard has now firmly established himself as first-choice in the starting XI.

Mata admitted he is relishing playing for United and that it is “magical” to play at Old Trafford.

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“It’s magical, there’s no doubt about that, as soon as you enter the players’ tunnel and come out facing the Sir Alex Ferguson stand, that tells you all you need to know – a manager who changed the history of the club and who won more trophies than anyone,” Mata said.

“The fans, the history that breathes through you on the pitch… that’s why they call it the theatre of dreams; it where we’ve seen unbelievable games and incredible results. It’s a pleasure for me to play there and to be able to call it my home.”

Mata has been hugely impressive for United both on and off the pitch and it is safe to say that he has the total backing of fans. The 27-year-old scored two memorable goals against Liverpool at Anfield last season and he will be hoping for more of the same when the two sides face each other at Old Trafford on Saturday.

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