Former Chelsea star Juan Mata praised the club after their Premier League title victory.
won the title with two games to spare after their 1-0 victory over West Bromwich Albion on Friday. Mata, who now plays for Manchester United after moving in 2014, praised Chelsea for yet another league win.
“I think it’s fair to congratulate Chelsea for winning the Premiership. They’ve been the most consistent team in the league and thanks to that they were able to celebrate the title last Friday,” Mata wrote on his blog: Juanmata8.com.
The 29-year old apologized to fans after their loss to Spurs on Sunday in his post. He said it would have been nice to get a victory at White Hart Lane and celebrate being “the last team who won there” rather than losing at a stadium “that was saying goodbye to football.”
After a triumph against Celta Vigo in the last four of the Europa League, United would need to get the victory at Stockholm against a confident Ajax side in the final if they want to play elite European football next year. (more…)
Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has said that Red Devils skipper Wayne Rooney could exit the side at the end of the season.
Rooney has fallen down the pecking order at the club so Scholes opines that the player might go out to seek more playing time.
Rooney has two years on his current deal with the club, but he was linked with a move from the club during the January window. He did not leave eventually but rumours have it that he might finally break his promise of ending his career at Old Trafford if the right club and terms come.
Whilst there are links to China, it is unlikely that the player would agree. But if he were to move, the huge salaries paid there would be a record breaker. Rooney broke United legend Sir Bobby Charlton’s record to become the all-time record scorer for the club in January. But he is not comfortable with the current happenings. (more…)
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has explained why he chose to drop Juan Mata for the club’s match against West Brom, despite the Spaniard being fully fit and considered by many to be one of his side’s better players this season.
The Portuguese tactician instead opted to start Jesse Lingard, and many fans questioned why he opted to drop Mata despite him featuring in the win over Crystal Palace in the Red Devils’ previous game.
Manchester United winger Jesse Lingard started ahead of Juan Mata in the win over West Brom because of his pace, according to boss Jose Mourinho.
With Juan Mata having filled in for the injured Henriikh Mkhitaryan in the midweek win over Crystal Palace, Lingard’s inclusion was something of a surprise.
But Mourinho has revealed that he chooses his wide players based on the opposition.
“Lingard is a different player than Juan,” Mourinho explained, as quoted by Manchester Evening News.
“Both very good players obviously but different players. Against Palace, we thought it was more important to have Juan’s quality to hold the ball up to keep playing inside positions. (more…)
Juan Mata admits that there were some worries among his well-wishers when they got to know that the same coach was going to take charge at Man U who had dismissed him out of Stamford Bridge just months back.
But, as per Mata, he personally never had such worries and he told himself that he would keep doing the hard yards and was very confident that he would be able to keep his position despite the change of head coach.
Mata was quoted as, “Look. it’s not that Jose has dragged me to a corner and has said anything, but, being in and around the group, you sort of understand how much of a value you carry and I think I carry a lot of value for the Red Devils, not only at this moment, but, under Louis too when he was here, I had the same feeling that I had a role and a key role.”
Juan Mata and Jose Mourinho both used to work together a few years ago when they met in Stamford Bridge back in the season of 2013-14 which is the season when the Portuguese coach was appointed as the new coach of Chelsea.
Since the arrival of Jose Mourinho as the new manager of Chelsea, the influence that Juan Mata had in Stamford Bridge was significantly dropped as the Spanish midfielder went from making 30+ appearances with the blue jersey and having to settle with only 13 appearances.
It didn’t take long for Juan Mata to sign for another club as he wanted to snatch back the first team position in a team and he opted to join Manchester United, this transfer was completed on January 24 of 2014 for a fee of £37 million. Juan Mata has turned into a consistent starter for the Premier League club but things might change now that Jose Mourinho was recently appointed as the new coach of Manchester United as he replaced Louis van Gaal.
When it was officially announced to the public that Jose Mourinho was the new coach of Manchester United, rumors started to emerge suggesting that Juan Mata would need to leave Old Trafford in order for him to get consistent playing time but so far, the Spanish midfielder has performed in all 3 of the opening Premier League matches that Manchester United has played. (more…)
Juan Mata is considered a star at Manchester United.
He has a lot to share, about their current coach Louis van Gaal, about upcoming Euro 2016 and other events. Juan Mata is a 28 year old player of Spanish origin. With restaurant openings that he graces, he also reflects the team’s plans on how to improve their performance and chances at the major tournaments the upcoming season
Juan Mata has a high level of popularity and he is considered one of the nice guys of football. He was transferred to Chelsea in the year 2011 for an amount of £23.5million. Being one of the star players who are wanted in different places, it is no wonder that a new restaurant opening in Manchester wanted Juan to come in and inaugurate their restaurant. (more…)