Juan Mata speaks out about his relationship with Jose Mourinho

by Tanveer Arayan

Juan Mata has opened up about his relationship with Jose Mourinho at Manchester United and has defended the Portuguese boss after he served a one match touchline ban for misconduct.

Mourinho served a touchline ban against Swansea City and was fined £50,000 after he made comments about Anthony Taylor ahead of the Premier League clash with Liverpool at Anfield, he was then hit with an FA misconduct charge for kicking a water bottle when his side met West Ham in the Premier League.

The Spaniard was heavily linked with a summer move away from Old Trafford after Mourinho took over in May, but he has been one of our best performers so far and has established himself in the first-team.

Speaking about Mourinho, Mata insists his passion is needed and he has full belief in the manager.

“Passion is needed in life, let alone as a footballer or a manager,” he said.

“He has always been like this. That is what I believe. It is very important for me to have passion in what you do. Me as a player, if one day I lose that passion I wouldn’t be happy because I couldn’t play at my best level.

“Passion is something you need to perform at your highest level and to push your limits even more.

“I just try to play the best I can every single game. That is what I tried at Chelsea and that is what I am trying now.

“I am happy to be fair with the football that I am playing right now. I am enjoying it on the pitch. You know that’s important if you want to perform good football.

“I don’t see that the squad of United has less quality or is worse than any of the other top clubs. I believe we will be in the top four by the end of the season. Luckily we are in a league that changes a lot.”

Mata has been a big player under Mourinho at United and started on the bench against Everton after featuring in most of our games since the start of the campaign.

Last season under Louis van Gaal, supporters were frustrated with the Dutchman’s lack of energy at the touchline, but Mourinho is filled with passion and has a clear desire for his team’s success.

Man United have some ground to cover in order to catch league leaders Chelsea, but hopes are they can continue to get the campaign back on the right track.

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