Monday is Juan Mata day for Manchester United fans when he releases his weekly blog but as we play tonight against Liverpool at Anfield, Mata has sent a special message to fans.
Mata’s overhead kick a couple of years ago in a 2-1 win over Liverpool goes down as one of the best memories at Anfield for Man United fans and ahead of the game, Mata’s stoked the fire with his blog.
Here’s the extract from Mata’s post on Liverpool: “Hi everyone,
“This is a special blog entry, it’s different because I’m writing this on the eve of a game and not after it. And, as you can imagine, this isn’t just a football match. We are in Liverpool, resting in the hotel, looking forward to this Monday and hoping that it’s going to be a great day for us. The truth is that I have played several times at Anfield already, with good and bad results, but I prefer to remember those good and exciting moments that I have lived in this stadium over the last few years. These games are always very intense and thrilling, with a big dose of adrenaline. I hope we can see good football and get a good score for us. Of course, we feel privileged for being part of this kind of games where tradition and rivalry go far back in time, and we will try our best to make our fans happy.
“It’s the beginning of a huge week, with three games in seven days. Following Liverpool, we have Fenerbahçe in the Europa League, and Chelsea in Stamford Bridge next Sunday. But right now, the game at Anfield is all we think about.
“I’m going to leave it here, I just hope you can enjoy a great football match and we give you something to celebrate after the game, and start this complicated week in the best possible way.”
It doesn’t get any bigger than Anfield away for United and Mata’s in great form right now, so fans will want to see him keep his spot in the No.10 role but it’s going to be one hell of a tough game as Liverpool are going to press so high.
Away at Feyenoord, Mata really struggled against a team who pressed with real intensity so I do worry about whether he’ll be able to cope with Liverpool but he’s a man bang in-form, so Jose Mourinho may well decide to keep him there. If he does, it’s up to Juan to make it happen.
We’ve beaten Liverpool four times in a row in the Premier League and neither club has ever beaten the other five times consecutively in the Premier League. Juan, if you don’t mind scoring another overhead tonight to make that happen that’d be much appreciated.