Memphis joined Man United from PSV Eindhoven this summer and he has impressed in his time so far at the club, particularly in Europe.
However, there is a sense that the Dutchman will need to refine certain aspects of his game before he really makes an impact at Old Trafford.
Mata, who has shown signs of an understanding with Memphis, backed his teammate to succeed at United.
“He’s very talented, everyone can see that. He is still young so he has to take things step by step, but I think he will do great. He’s a good guy and is settling in very well in the team and into the English culture and league,” Mata said.
“Hopefully he will be very important for us. He has all the qualities to be a successful player here. He’s quick, he shoots on goal with both feet and he’s intelligent. He’s a great player, but he knows that he has to keep improving and keep going.”
Memphis is far from the finished article and he will need time before he fully realises his potential. However, as Mata says, his qualities are there for all to see and it is clear he is going to be a sensational player.