Manchester United Confirm Juan Mata’s Exit

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Manchester United on Thursday revealed that Juan Mata will depart the club when his contract expires in the summer.

The 34-year-old midfielder joined the Reds in January 2014 and went on to play 285 games, scoring 51 goals and winning four trophies.

Mata, a World Cup and European Championship winner in 2010 and 2012 respectively, had already won the Champions League, FA Cup and Europa League – all with Chelsea – when he penned a contract with the Reds in 2014.

The statement on Manchester United’s website read “Thank you for dedicating eight years of your career to United, Juan. Everyone at the club wishes you all the best for the future.”

“He remained a highly regarded member of the squad. His teammates and members of staff never tired of praising his professional attitude and positivity.”

The Spanish also said his goodbyes  to the United faithful on Twitter

“I wanted to say thank you very much for the years and especially the difficult times that we lived together,” Mata said.

“I will never forget you, Thank you very much. All the best.”

Mata made more than 30 appearances in each of the 2017/18, 2018/19 and 2019/20 seasons and although his tallies dropped below 20 in the last two terms.

He made his final appearance in the last fixture of the 2021/22 season, away to Crystal Palace on 22 May.

 

Mata Hails ‘Exciting’ Man Utd Win After Frustrating Run

Manchester United’s Spanish midfielder Juan Mata (L) scores their second goal past Fulham’s Spanish goalkeeper Sergio Rico (R) during the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Fulham at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on December 8, 2018. Paul ELLIS / AFP

Juan Mata says Manchester United’s “complete performance” against Fulham was just the tonic for a team that has endured a frustrating start to the season.

United started Saturday’s game on a four-match winless streak, leaving them well behind in the race for a top-four Premier League finish, but overpowered bottom club Fulham 4-1 at Old Trafford.

Ashley Young, Mata and Romelu Lukaku netted in an impressive first-half display, with Marcus Rashford sealing a 4-1 win after substitute Aboubakar Kamara had reduced the deficit from the spot.

Mata told MUTV the performance and result were “basically what we needed”.

“Good start, good goals, creating a lot of chances, making the fans excited about the game, about our performance,” the Spaniard said.

“We know that we are not in the position that we want to be and should be, so every game I go onto the pitch, or we go onto the pitch, I think about giving everything for the fans and giving a performance like today, so we must face every game like we did today.”

Mata was one of four changes to the line-up following the 2-2 midweek draw with Arsenal and made an important contribution, becoming the third Spanish player to score 50 goals and register 50 assists in Premier League history.

“It’s not bad,” he said. “Fifty and 50. When I came to the Premier League a few years ago I was very excited and very motivated about my period in the Premier League and I am enjoying it so much.

“I am lucky to have been able to score and assist that many goals but I am still hungry for more. I want more assists, more goals, more enjoyment in the pitch, so hopefully I can do (so).”

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Juan Mata To Play Into 40s

Manchester United’s Spanish midfielder Juan Mata warms up ahead of the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Newcastle at Old Trafford in Manchester. Photo:
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Juan Mata wants to follow in the footsteps of Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs and play into his forties at Old Trafford.

Manager Jose Mourinho’s arrival in 2016 sparked talk that the 29-year-old could be surplus to requirements because the Portuguese had let him leave Chelsea in January 2014.

However, the Spanish playmaker has become an influential figure under Mourinho, whose side are second in the Premier League table.

Mata’s contract at United runs out at the end of the season. The club hold the option to add a further year and the Spain international is open to discussing a longer stay.

Asked if he can see himself finishing his career at United, Mata told ESPN FC: “Why not? I’m 29 and hopefully I can play football for some more years.

“It would be great to play until I’m 40 like Ryan Giggs. But that’s still a bit far, still 11 years.

“I’m happy here. The club is massive, the support we have is massive. I’ve been settled down in the city since year one. Now it’s my fourth year in Manchester.”

Mata launched his Common Goal project earlier this year that aims to encourage footballers to pledge at least one per cent of their wages to charity.

“I would like to be associated with football somehow,” said Mata, referring to his post-playing career.

“I like the Common Goal initiative, the vision of football as a tool for social change and the power football has to improve the world.

“It might be in that direction and I think I would really enjoy it. I don’t know yet. I have time to think about it.”

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David Moyes Charged With Misconduct In Southampton Clash

David Moyes, Southampton Sunderland manager, David Moyes, has been charged with misconduct after being sent off at Southampton on Wednesday.

The Football Association said it is alleged “Moyes used abusive and/or insulting words towards a match official”.

He has been given until 18:00 BST on Tuesday to respond to the allegation.

The incident took place when Referee Chris Kavanagh waved away appeals for a foul on Sunderland striker Victor Anichebe in the penalty area.

Sunderland lost 1-0 to their hosts as they crashed out of the EFL Cup.

Manchester United also edged past Manchester City with a 1-0 victory while West Ham United beat Chelsea 2 – 1 on Wednesday night.

Arsenal and Liverpool had earlier through to the fifth round as they defeated Reading and Tottenham respectively on Tuesday night.

Soccer-Mata fires Man United into League Cup quarters

mataJuan Mata swept home to steer Manchester United into the League Cup quarter-finals with a 1-0 win over their bitter local rivals Manchester City on Wednesday as Jose Mourinho got one over old adversary Pep Guardiola.

Mata rifled in a low finish past City keeper Willy Caballero early in the second half at Old Trafford on a night of few chances but plenty of derby fervour as United boss Mourinho won the tactical battle against Guardiola’s much-changed City side.

West Ham United also moved into the last eight after they overcame Chelsea 2-1 in a London derby spoiled by ugly scenes of fan violence at the end of the game.

A superb first-half header from Cheikhou Kouyate and Edimilson Fernandes’s low finish put West Ham 2-0 up at the London Stadium, before Gary Cahill swept home a consolation from close range in injury time.

Southampton heaped more misery on struggling Sunderland as record signing Sofiane Boufal scored from long range in the second half to secure a 1-0 victory.

Manchester United Advance As Chelsea Exit EFL Cup

Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, EFL CupManchester United have cruised to the next round of the EFL Cup, as they defeated Manchester City 1-0 on Wednesday night.

It was a tough clash for both teams at the Old Trafford where City’s Kelechi Iheanacho and the Red Devil’s Antonio Valencia got a yellow card before the end of the first half.

Juan Mata subsequently put a smile on the hosts’ faces with his saving goal in the 54th minute while Paul Pogba and Zlantan Ibrahimovic were penalised with another yellow card apiece before the game ended.

At the London Stadium, West Ham United beat their visitors, Chelsea 2 – 1 to qualify for the next round of the competition.

Cheikhou Kouyate and Edimilson Fernandes netted for the East Londoners while Gary Cahill score the Blues’ consolation goal.

On Tuesday, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scored two goals as Arsenal booked their spot in the quarter-finals of the EFL Cup with a 2-0 win over Reading.

The Championship side went into the match looking for their first ever win over the Gunners, but it was an easy win for Arsenal in the end, thanks to a double by the Ox, who seemed to be overcoming his difficult start to the season.

Liverpool are also through to the fifth round courtesy of a brace from another England striker, Daniel Sturridge as they defeated Tottenham 2-1.

The striker opened the scoring early at Anfield after exploiting a Spurs mistake. He doubled the lead in the 60th minute

Mourinho Rues United’s Congested Schedule

mourinhoManchester United Manager, Jose Mourinho has rued his side’s tight fixture schedule as he contemplated a potentially tough run of matches in October.

United got their Europa League campaign off the ground with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Zorya Luhansk at Old Trafford on Thursday and host Group A leaders Fenerbahce in their next game on October 20.

Prior to that, they face a Monday night match at arch rivals Liverpool, with a trip to Chelsea next in the Premier League, and a crunch game against Manchester City in the League Cup to follow.

“We could play Liverpool on the Saturday, we could play Liverpool on the Sunday but we play Liverpool on the Monday,’ he said.

“We have this kind of poisoned gift of playing on Monday which creates a very difficult situation but we want to try to qualify for the next round.

“There’s a long way to go but we will play against Fenerbahce with a good team,” he said.

His team needed the intervention of Zlatan Ibrahimovic to beat Zorya 1-0 on Thursday.

Ibrahimovic, who turns 35 on Monday October 3, headed home a second-half winner to see off the Ukrainian outfit.

Mourinho had signaled his intentions by picking a strong side that also featured world record signing Paul Pogba, Juan Mata and Marcus Rashford.

He was rewarded with a third consecutive win in all competitions to lift the mood at the club after they had previously suffered three straight losses.

EPL: Manchester United Beat Leicester City 4 – 1

EPL: Manchester United Beat Leicester City 4 – 1Manchester United have bounced back from two straight defeats with a 4 – 1 win over English Premier League (EPL) champions, Leicester City.

Captain Chris Smalling, who is deputising for the dropped Wayne Rooney, put United ahead with a header 22 minutes after the match kicked off.

Juan Mata doubled the score in the 37th minute before further goals from Marcos Rashford and world record signing Paul Pogba threatened to embarrass the Foxes before halftime.

Damari Gray’s 60th minute goal was a mere consolation as Leicester lost for the third time in six games this season.

The Red Devils hosted the Foxes on Saturday at the Old Trafford.

They are now third on the EPL table with 12 points from six games while Leicester are 12 with seven points from six games.

Europa League: Dortmund Prepare Ahead Of Porto Clash

Dortmund German side, Borussia Dortmund, hopes to defend a 2-nil lead at Porto as the two sides fight for a place in the last 16 of the Europa League.

Coach Thomas Tuchel expressed hope that since the team dominated the first match in Germany, they would try to do the same in Thursday’s match.

Dortmund beat Bayer Leverkusen 1-nil in the Bundesliga away match on Sunday and presently second in the table behind Bayern Munich, but 15 points ahead of Hertha Berlin in third.

Meanwhile, Coach Louis Van Gaal insists Manchester United must learn to ignore their critics.

The Dutchman observed that their performances might have been affected by the intense scrutiny the team had been under throughout the campaign.

Van Gaal Inspires Team Against Critics

Van GaalAs Manchester United prepare ahead of their clash with FC Midtjylland in the Europa League, Coach Louis Van Gaal insists his side must learn to ignore their critics.

The 64-years-old observed that their performances might have been affected by the intense scrutiny the team had been under throughout the campaign.

United came under heavy criticism by their fans following last week’s stunning defeat by the Danish team in the first leg clash of the Europa League.

Midfielder Juan Mata also insisted that he was not influenced by the criticism, saying he understands the frustrations of the supporters.

Van Gaal Expresses Mixed Feeling After United’s Tuesday Victory

man utd boss, van gaalManchester United (Man Utd) boss, Louis van Gaal, has admitted that he was both pleased and disappointed by aspects of Manchester United’s performance during Tuesday night’s 3-1 International Champions Cup victory over San Jose Earthquakes at the picturesque Avaya Stadium.

Man Utd took the lead in California with Juan Mata’s neat finish before Memphis Depay bagged his first-ever goal for the club by capitalising on a sloppy back-pass on 36 minutes.

The hosts hit back through Fatai Alashe before Van Gaal made 10 changes at half-time, which led to a slightly disjointed second period in which Andreas Pereira scored his maiden senior goal with a header.

The United Boss said: “The first half I was satisfied. The players have performed what we wanted in the defensive organisation and they have created a lot of chances – 10 chances – and they scored two goals so I was satisfied. You can always be better but I was satisfied.

“In the second half, we played very badly, with a lot of ball losses, and the only highlight was the goal from Pereira. We did not give many chances away but we gave possibilities away. There was always a threat and that was not necessary. Our positions in midfield were not as good as the first half”.

For the second match in a row, following on from last week’s 1-0 win over Club America in Seattle, Bastian Schweinsteiger entered the fray at half-time and clocked up more invaluable minutes as he looks to improve his fitness after joining United from Bayern Munich.

However, Van Gaal admitted he was not pleased with the German’s display, though he was quick to point out that his summer signing has only completed a handful of training sessions this summer.

“He was also bad,” the manager admitted during his post-match press conference. “There was one highlight, I think, and that was Pereira. But players can play badly, certainly when you have only three days or six days of training sessions in your legs, and you have to play 45 minutes.

“Everybody can think it is easy to step in but it is not easy. In the first match, he (Schweinsteiger) played very well and now he played badly. That is also a process, certainly when you’ve only had one week of training.”

Van Persie Tops Premier League Shirt Sale For 2013/14 Season

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Manchester United’s Robin Van Persie is the most popular player in the English Premier League as his name appeared most on the back of English Premier League replica shirts for the second consecutive campaign, despite a disappointing season for the Old Trafford side in 2013/14.

According to the Premier League Season Review 2013/14, Van Persie was ahead of Liverpool pair, Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez, in having the most fans use his name last season.

Suarez has since moved away from Anfield, after a £75million deal with Spanish side, Barcelona, but Liverpool fans across the world previously flocked to have the Uruguayan on their replica kit.

On signing for Arsenal at the beginning of the 2012/13 season, Mesut Ozil’s reputation was plainly evident with hundreds of people pictured with the strip accompanied with the Germany star’s name ahead of his first game.

Unsurprisingly, Wayne Rooney is consistently in the top 10 and that was no different in the last campaign as the continued sale of ‘Rooney 10’ shirts goes some way to explaining why United have always been so desperate to keep the striker and only heightens the perception that the club’s global brand is as important as results.

Shinji Kagawa has shifted loads of Manchester United shirts since his move from Dortmund, largely because of the Japan midfielder’s vast appeal in Asia and not necessarily because of his on pitch form.

Others included in the top 10 shirts sale; Chelsea’s Eden Hazard, who has become the main attraction in Jose Mourinho’s team; Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero, who missed a chunk of last season but fans still wore his shirt; Juan Mata, whose transfer from Chelsea to Old Trafford in January sparked more sales for Manchester United, and Frank Lampard, who left Chelsea on free last season and is now with Manchester City on a 6 months loan.

The ranking is based on worldwide shirt sale and is compiled by Sporting iD, who since 1993 have developed the technology behind the players and replica products of the Premier League.

THE TOP 10 SHIRT SALE
1. Robin van Persie
2. Steven Gerrard
3. Luis Suarez
4. Eden Hazard
5. Mesut Ozil
6. Wayne Rooney
7. Sergio Aguero
8. Juan Mata
9. Shinji Kagawa
10.Frank Lampard