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Juan Manuel Mata Garcia | Midfielder

Team: Manchester United
Age / DOB:  (27) / 4/28/1988
Ht / Wt:  5'9" / 134

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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. Oct 21 - 3:50 PM

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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.
Sep 8 - 5:01 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
Aug 30 - 1:14 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
Jul 22 - 1:05 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.
Apr 15 - 3:30 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.

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.
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.
Thu, Dec 4, 2014 02:46:00 PM

Juan Mata has been frozen out of the starting line-up in recent weeks but he came off the bench and scored the loan goal of the match in United's 1-0 win over Crystal Palace.

It was a win but it won't be seen as a very satisfying one by corners of Manchester United supporters. Crystal Palace has been leaking goals but despite that, United were only able to get a single deflected effort from Juan Mata past Julian Speroni. Mata scored the goal in the 67th minute a mere four minutes after coming on for Adnan Januzaj. Januzaj has been starting in favor of Mata in recent weeks but delivering little. Mata's winner may represent his chance to return to the starting line-up.
Sat, Nov 8, 2014 12:05:00 PM

Juan Mata didn't contribute much beyond his goal in Manchester United's 4-0 win in Week 4 which doesn't bode well for the midfielder as his playing time comes into question.

Juan Mata got a start in Louis Van Gaal's surprise 4-4-2 alignment on Sunday but with Daley Blind, Ander Herrera, and Angel di Maria all giving superior performances it is reasonable to wonder if Mata will be the man dropped to the bench if/when LVG goes back to his preferred 3-5-2. The Spaniard did contribute in an obvious way with a goal but fantasy managers and United supporters will be worried that he managed only a single shot on target and a single successful cross in a match where United were THAT dominant.
Mon, Sep 15, 2014 03:01:00 PM

Juan Mata led only two Manchester United players in double figure Yahoo fantasy points in Week 2 despite a rotten overall showing as a team against Sunderland.

Juan Mata, on the strength of his goal, put up 13 points in the Yahoo format and 10 in the format for a strong overall week. In the Yahoo game it brings his season average to 10 points/match which is a solid output for a player who was priced just over 10 to start Week 2. The question with Mata will now be how his role is impacted by the arrival of Angel di Maria. United's upcoming schedule is still very soft but until they sort out their line-up certainty of production will be a worry.
Wed, Aug 27, 2014 09:38:00 AM

Juan Mata scored an early goal to give Manchester United a 1-0 lead but Jack Rodwell equalized soon after to give Sunderland a 1-1 draw against the Red Devils.

Antonio Valencia made a run down the right to set up Juan Mata for a tap in in the 17th minute and give United a 1-0 lead. After that, it was all downhill for United. They weren't able to hold their own defensively, mainly due to the lack of defensive effort and skill from wing-backs Ashley Young and Valencia. On top of that, Valencia and Young weren't able to provide enough of an attacking spark to offset the defensive inability. Add to that the lack of defensive presence from Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, and Tyler Blackett and you have a recipe for a 1-1 draw against a bottom of the table team.
Source: Sky Sports
Sun, Aug 24, 2014 04:13:00 PM

Reports in Spain and England are reporting that Real Madrid are edging closer and closer to finalizing a deal for Angel di Maria.

There can be no doubt that the supporters are getting nervous at the lack of a truly big name transfer coming in at Old Trafford this summer. Luke Shaw is good but has a couple of years before he's likely to be a star. Ander Herrera and Marcos Rojo are above average players but neither is likely to ever be a big star. Angel di Maria is the name that everyone has been salivating for and Manchester United appear to be getting close to making it a reality. Guillem Balague is reporting that it WILL happen next week and he will wear the legendary number 7 jersey.
Sat, Aug 23, 2014 04:33:00 PM

Manchester United came from behind to draw on the season's final day despite Southampton dominating the ball and the chances.

Juan Mata scored a 54th minute equalizer from a free kick to earn Manchester United a point on a day that was rather bleak otherwise. Why bleak? Southampton dominated possession, especially in the first half as well as shots (15 to 8) and shots on target (6 to 2). The loss, combined with wins by Everton and Spurs also ensured that Manchester United will miss out entirely on European football for the first time in 25 years next season. Oh, and that team in blue from the other side of Manchester celebrated a title win. Bleak indeed.
Sun, May 11, 2014 12:10:00 PM

Juan Mata, who started slowly at Manchester United, came up big with two goals and an assist as United beat Newcastle 4-0 at St. James' Park.

With Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie both missing due to injury, Juan Mata stepped into the starring role with a brace and an assist on Saturday. The Spanish maestro was joined on the score sheet by Javier Hernandez and Adnan Januzaj. The scoreline may have flattered United slightly as Newcastle weren't very good but Mata's assist on Januzaj's goal was certainly worthy as he back-heeled a pass against his momentum to give Januzaj an easy score.
Sat, Apr 5, 2014 12:54:00 PM