Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata has opened up about life as a footballer and how he copes with the pressure of the job.
The Spaniard has had a brilliant start to this season, bagging four goals already and putting in some eye-catching performances, most notably against Wolfsburg in the Champions League.
Since signing for Man United in January of 2014 under David Moyes, Mata has quickly become a fans’ favourite at Old Trafford. His displays on the pitch make it clear why he is adored by the supporters as he has proved to be a fantastic signing.
Playing for one of the biggest clubs in the world, the pressure is always on and Mata told Inside United how he deals with the strains of Premier League football.
“Everywhere I have lived I have to get to know it or visit some places and try to disconnect from football because I need it. It’s not that I want to but I need to do it,” he said.
“I like to go to Manchester and have a coffee or go to a nice park or a museum and we have nice restaurants and bars near our houses. That’s normal life. We are playing football but we like to have a normal life as well.”
Mata is always quick to interact with fans, whether it be through his personal YouTube channel or his online blog. The 27-year-old has quickly become one of United’s most important players on the pitch and it is brilliant to see a player so involved with the supporters. The former Chelsea man’s performances have seen him earn call-ups to the Spain national squad but he will want to stay focused over the international break and will be looking forward to United’s trip to Goodison Park on 17th of October.