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Juan Manuel Mata Garcia | Midfielder | #8

Team: Manchester United
Age / DOB:  (28) / 4/28/1988
Ht / Wt:  5'7" / 134

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Manchester United squashed all the negativity surrounding their recent three game losing streak by exploding for four goals in the first half and comfortably disposing of Leicester City, 4-1.
There was one significant change for the Red Devils today and it has to be said it was the key to their success. Wayne Rooney was dropped for this one and Juan Mata was given a rare chance in the #10 role and he absolutely thrived in it, as United had a free-flowing attack we haven't seen for some time. They torched the Foxes with three goals from set pieces, the first of which came when Chris Smalling headed home a Daley Blind corner. Jesse Lingard then found Mata who struck with his left foot to make it 2-0. The rout was on from there. Another Blind corner was played short to Mata and he picked out Marcus Rashford who scored from point blank range. Then a final goal came whe Paul Pogba opened his account, heading home yet another Blind corner. You have to think Jose Mourinho will keep this new-look attack intact for United's next match against a poor Stoke City defense. Sep 24 - 9:36 AM
Source: NBC Sports

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Juan Mata's future at Manchester United has been a source of speculation all summer and he is once again linked to a move to Everton.

We all know that Jose Mourinho famously sold Juan Mata once before deeming him unfit for purpose at Chelsea. Enter Mourinho at Manchester United where he sold Mata and the logic was obvious that the Spaniard would be sold again. With a perceived snub during the Community Shield the rumors of a move to Everton have taken on new life. If he moves to Goodison Park, he will be an extremely valuable contributor who can be expected to start regularly. If he stays at Old Trafford then his value is far less. Consider him a lottery ticket appropriate for late rounds of your draft leagues and unworthy of your squad in salary cap until such time as a move goes through.
Source: The Times
Aug 11 - 10:44 AM

Despite having sold him while in charge at Chelsea, Jose Mourinho has indicated that Juan Mata has a place in his Manchester United squad.

Amid reports that Everton and other suitors in Spain are hot on the trail of Juan Mata, Jose Mourinho has indicated that the playmaker has a place at Old Trafford. Whether this is true or just a negotiating tactic isn't clear but Mourinho was quoted as saying "I think since the first day everything is clear between us. There is space for him. He's a talented player and I don't promise places to anyone. I promise respect and I like him, so if he wants to stay and I think he wants [that]. Until this moment I don't have one little sign that he wants to leave, so I think he wants to stay and, yes, there is space for him and, yes, I think he can be useful to the club." More to come for sure.
Source: espnfc.com
Jul 22 - 11:11 AM

With Manchester United needing to make a big splash, rumors are circulating that James Rodriguez, unhappy at Real Madrid, is interested in a move to Old Trafford.

This is a complicated situation to read. Rodriguez certainly has talent and Manchester United clearly have a need to upgrade their attacking talent and the money to do so. That's where things fall apart a little. We're not exactly sure who will be managing United next season and how James might fit. There is also the concern that he has been linked to a lifestyle that isn't exactly focused entirely on football. With Memphis Depay already under scrutiny for his off-pitch activities, would United want to bring in another expensive player long on talent and short on commitment. There's also the issue that he's never been confused with being either an athletic or diligent defender which probably means he's a no-go if Mourinho arrives. File this one under "fun to think about but unlikely".
Source: espnfc.com
May 18 - 12:13 PM

Manchester United did just enough to squeeze a goal from their attack as Juan Mata scored the only goal of the day in a 0-1 win over Norwich City.

It was an ominous start to the day for the Red Devils as Anthony Martial was a late scratch from the XI with a groin issue and Matteo Darmian had to be replaced early on with an ankle injury. Neither side displayed much intensity during the 90 minutes but United were able to capitalize on a Norwich mistake in the 72nd minute. Wayne Rooney was able to turn past Seb Bassong and sprint into the area before laying the ball off to Mata for a close range strike. The defense had little to worry about except for an early David de Gea save. United move to within a point of their crosstown rivals Manchester City with two matches apiece left. United will look for a result against a tough West Ham side later in the week but it will not be any easier for City as they have to travel to Arsenal tomorrow.
Source: NBC Sports
May 7 - 9:47 AM

Juan Mata will serve the suspension he received for picking up two yellow cards against West Brom last weekend in the Red Devils' FA Cup match against West Ham.

Premier League fantasy managers will be happy that Mata will continue to be available despite the red card last weekend. The Red Devils may well struggle against the Hammers in the FA Cup as they did against Liverpool in the Europa League but their focus should be the Premier League where they still have a chance at pulling themselves back into the top four with a strong finish. Mata, while not having his best season, will be key to that effort down the stretch.
Source: espnfc.com
Mar 11 - 12:50 PM

Juan Mata picked up two yellow cards in the space of a couple minutes and was dismissed in the 26th minute dooming his United teammates to a 1-0 loss at the Hawthorns.

United, coming off their best stretch of results in the Premier League this season, couldn't overcome the early loss of Juan Mata to two yellow cards. Both cards were easy decisions for the referee and both were equally foolish from Mata. United were even when Mata went off but they couldn't maintain the clean sheet for 60+ minutes a man down and were undone by a Salomon Rondon goal in the 66th minute. Mata will not miss any Premier League action with his suspension coming as the Red Devils face off with West Ham in the FA Cup on March 13 before United's next Premier League match against arch-rivals Manchester City on the 20th.
Mar 6 - 12:57 PM

Juan Mata, Memphis Depay, Daley Blind and Matteo Darmian all started Manchester United's match against CSKA Moscow on the bench.

Louis Van Gaal was in a tight spot with a trip to Moscow in mid-week followed by the Manchester Derby. Some of his line-up decisions - especially Memphis Depay who was also benched on Saturday - may be considered performance-related but there is also some reason to think that LVG will want a fresh squad heading into the local derby with the league leaders. United started De Gea, Rojo, Jones, Smalling, Valencia, Schneiderlin, Schweinsteiger, Martial, Herrera, Lingard, and Rooney.
Source: espnfc.com
Wed, Oct 21, 2015 03:50:00 PM

It was a day for Manchester United attackers as Juan Mata joined Wayne Rooney on the score sheet as he scored Spain's only goal as they beat Macedonia 1-0 in European Cup qualifying on Tuesday.

Manchester United may not have started out the season among the goals but their players were prominent on Tuesday in qualification for their respective countries as Mata was on target for Spain. The scoreline may not have shown it but the Spanish dominated with 76% of possession and seven shots on target to Macedonia's zero. The result keeps Spain ahead of Slovakia in Group C on goal differential as both countries are tied at 18 points after seven matches played. Ukraine is just three points behind with 15 ensuring that neither co-group leader feels comfortable with their position.
Source: espnfc.com
Tue, Sep 8, 2015 05:01:00 PM

Manchester United took the lead with a Juan Mata goal but their defense finally cracked and allowed Swansea City to come from behind and defeat them again, 2-1.

Louis van Gaal, meet Garry Monk. So much fanfare around LvG's arrival to Old Trafford last season, but he has now lost three in three to the young Swansea skipper and the Red Devil fan base will surely be asking questions as the transfer window closes about what looks to be a very inadequate attacking core. Wayne Rooney struggled once again up top and we are still waiting to see Memphis Depay make the kind of splash LvG was hoping for. They did manage to get a goal from Mata, who found a Luke Shaw cross at the far post to score his first of the season. Still, they need another playmaker in midfield and/or a striker before this window shuts. The Ander Herrera experiment in the No. 10 role did not work out well.
Source: NBC Sports
Sun, Aug 30, 2015 01:14:00 PM

Juan Mata scored the opening goal and was sharp throughout his shift as Manchester United played to a 1-3 win against San Jose Earthquakes.

Mata's strike came in the 32nd minute as he tucked a shot into the far corner from just inside the area, though Memphis Depay nearly got a toe to it before it passed the keeper. Depay would get his just a few minutes later, scoring a gift after a turnover by an Earthquake defender deep in his own end. San Jose got on the board near halftime but United got the two goal advantage back for good thanks to a score from exciting prospect Andreas Pereira. Mata is looking poised for a fantasy season that resembles his better days with Chelsea. He should be rising on draft boards and a popular pick for United coverage in the FPL format.
Source: Guardian
Wed, Jul 22, 2015 01:05:00 AM

Juan Mata appears to have rediscovered his Chelsea best just in time to face his former team in Week 33.

With a date at Stamford Bridge looming for Manchester United in Week 33, Juan Mata's recent revival will be put to the test. Excellent against Liverpool in Week 30 with a brace and against Manchester City in Week 32 with the match-winner and a wide variety of phantom stats, Mata seems to be coming up big in the biggest matches. Chelsea haven't looked great for weeks so going against the grain and selecting the Spaniard despite the high profile away match-up looks to be the right play.
Source: Yahoo.com
Wed, Apr 15, 2015 03:30:00 PM

Juan Mata turned in perhaps his finest performance as a Red Devil to date, scoring twice to give Manchester United enough to beat Liverpool 1-2 which sees them five points clear of fifth place.

Mata was world class today and it spells trouble for United's opponents for the run in. He scored first in the 14th minute when a crisp attack saw Ander Herrera pick him out wide right with a lovely through ball. Mata struck with his weaker foot and got plenty of power behind it to beat Simon Mignolet inside the far post. With a man advantage in the second half, newly inserted Angel Di Maria found Mata just inside the box and the Spaniard delivered a dazzling scissor kick to net his second of the match and seventh of the season. Wayne Rooney could not convert a penalty near the end and there was plenty of drama throughout the day but the space between United and Liverpool in the table is the only thing that "Mata"s.
Source: NBC Sports
Sun, Mar 22, 2015 11:38:00 AM

Juan Mata scored one and created one in Manchester United's 3-0 win over Liverpool continuing a strong run of form that has run from November into December.

With Angel Di Maria out of action with a hamstring issue, Manchester United needed someone to step into the Argentine's creative role in midfield. Juan Mata, an afterthought for much of the early part of the season, has taken the opportunity provided by Di Maria's absence and run with it. With three goals and an assist since the beginning of November he is definitely forcing himself into Louis Van Gaal's thinking. Hard to believe there was a time this season when Adnan Januzaj was starting ahead of a healthy Mata.
Source: Yahoo.com
Wed, Dec 17, 2014 02:53:00 PM

Juan Mata has been on the outside looking in when United's attack is healthy but that may have to change as he continues to contribute to wins.

What comes next for Juan Mata will be very interesting. He didn't look worth the price it took to bring him to Old Trafford from Chelsea and Louis Van Gaal seemed inclined to sit him in favor of an ineffective Adnan Januzaj for much of the early season. However, Mata has contributed four goals in nine starts and seems like he should have a place in the team. At his current age, the player will want to be starting but with Rooney and Di Maria both playing similar roles it isn't clear how much time he will get when the squad is mostly healthy. January and next summer will be interesting indeed for Mata and his place a United.
Source: Yahoo.com
Thu, Dec 4, 2014 02:46:00 PM