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Juan Manuel Mata Garcia | Midfielder | #8

Team: Manchester United
Age / DOB:  (29) / 4/28/1988
Ht / Wt:  5'7" / 134

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Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata is fit and available for selection to face Celta Vigo on Thursday.
The Spaniard has made a miraculous recovery in the face of the ensuing injury crisis at the club and is available for selection about a month ahead of schedule. United manager José Mourinho had previously stated that Mata would not be fit until the end of May following groin surgery in March, effectively ruling him out for the season. However, Mata was named on the bench for United's draw with Swansea on Sunday but was not called upon. It is likely that he will start in United's visit to his homeland on Thursday to relieve his fatigued colleagues. May 1 - 7:43 PM

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Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata is hopeful that he will be fit for selection before the end of the season.

The Spaniard underwent surgery on a groin injury in March, and manager Jose Mourinho had ruled him out for the remainder of the season. However, in his weekly blog, Mata posted a more upbeat prognosis, revealing that he will be back with the team soon: "But the truth is I’m feeling much better now and I hope to be back with the team soon, to try to help in the last spell of the season. I hope so, because that’s all I want: being always available to help and to contribute as much as I can, both on and off the pitch," he explained. This will come as welcome news to Man Utd, who are struggling with a mounting injury list as they continue to fight on two fronts for Champions League qualification.
Apr 24 - 9:55 AM

It has been revealed that Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata will not play again this season after undergoing surgery on a groin injury.

The Spaniard went under the knife in late March and had previously hope to return to fitness in time to take part in the final weeks of the season. However, today Jose Mourinho confirmed he would not be back to full fitness before the end of May. The news is a blow to United's Europa League and top four ambitions as Mata's eye for goal and creativity have been and will be sorely missed. Mourinho did not suggest that Mata would be fit in time for the Europa League final on May 24 if United were to progress that far in the competition.
Source: BBC Sport
Apr 14 - 11:16 AM

Manchester United face the prospect of losing Juan Mata for the remainder of the season after confirming the 28-year-old has undergone groin surgery.

On Friday, Jose Mourinho revealed Chris Smalling and Phil Jones are out with "long term" injuries and the pair could now be joined by Mata for the rest of 2016/17. Jones is said to have suffered a suspected broken toe while on England duty, ironically sustained in a challenge by Smalling. Meanwhile, Smalling joined his defensive teammate at the Aon Training Complex after suffering a suspected knee ligament injury. The details regarding Mata’s surgery remain a little sketchy, but with less than two months of the season remaining, his chances of playing again look slim. United are still fighting on three fronts and face no fewer than nine games in April, so their mounting injury list is becoming a concern. However, Mourinho will be able to call upon Ander Herrera and Zlatan Ibrahimović [vs Everton] in GW31 and Paul Pogba [hamstring] is close to help soften the blow.
Apr 1 - 11:55 AM

Manchester United beat Rostov 1-0 at Old Trafford to seal their progression to the quarter-final of the Europa League on a 2-1 aggregate scoreline.

In a drab affair, Juan Mata scored the sole goal after poking home a flick by Zlatan Ibrahimovic. United held control for most of the match with 69% possession but it was Sergio Romero who took home the club's official fan MOTM award, after he made two fine late saves from a header and free-kick to prevent United being forced into extra-time against inferior opposition. While United were largely toothless, before their 70th minute goal they had chances of note which were spurned by Mkhitaryan who failed in a one-on-one situation and Ibra, who hit the post on two occasions. Mourinho has reason to be worried though, as his injury list has expanded with a head injury to Daley Blind and more worryingly, a hamstring injury for the under-fire Paul Pogba.
Mar 16 - 10:06 PM

Juan Mata had a day to forget as United were held by Stoke in a physical encounter at the Bet365 Stadium.

United applied pressure consistently but Stoke proved to be up to the task as they dealt a blow to United's title ambitions. United were forced to start without Marcos Rojo through illness with Smalling coming in. Fellaini also started in place of Carrick. Stoke grabbed the lead against the run of play after Mata touched a Pieters cross past his own goalkeeper. Minutes later, Mata had a howler as he somehow skied from close range after Ibra teed him up. As the game proceeded, United created many chances, but Lee Grant saved well from the best of those attempts from Fellaini and Pogba. Lingard hit the post and United were unlucky not to be awarded a few close range free-kicks and had penalty appeals turned down. Like many matches this season, they left it late to get their breakthrough. It was sub Wayne Rooney who smashed in an injury time free-kick from the left to become United's top-scorer on 250.
Source: BBC Sport
Jan 21 - 11:58 AM

Jose Mourinho delivered on his promise to field a strong United XI, but Hull made them work hard for their 2-0 win.

United lacked penetration in the opening period, notching up just two shots on target in the first half. Jakupovic made a fine save from Mata while a long-range cannon from Pogba was pushed harmlessly over the bar. Rooney and Rashford also had chances, but the former couldn't make contact wit the ball and the latter scuffed his opportunity. In the second half, Mata made the breakthrough for the Red Devils, tapping in from a Mkhitaryan header for his 7th of the season. Marouane Fellaini came on as a sub and deservedly extended United's lead late on ahead of the return leg at the KCOM Stadium in two weeks time.
Source: BBC Sport
Jan 11 - 11:44 AM

Manchester United will be frustrated with today's result after allowing a lethargic Arsenal attack to level the match late on as the two sides worked a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford.

Jose Mourinho named a back four that haven't had much time spent playing alongside one another, as Antonio Valencia made a quicker-than-expected return from injury. But the defense played well, outside a shaky start in the opening minutes by Marcos Rojo. Valencia provided the talking point of the first half, making a strong run into the box before going to ground. It looked as though Nacho Monreal may have brought the Ecuadorian down but the referee waved off the cries for a penalty. That would haunt the Red Devils later. In the 69th minute, they broke the deadlock when Ander Herrera got the ball deep in the area and cut back to cross to an open Juan Mata, who slotted past a helpless Petr Cech. They could not put the game out of reach though and Arsenal would level in the 89th minute, costing United two vital points. United continue to struggle this season in the attack but they did show promise with their defending today.
Source: NBC Sports
Sat, Nov 19, 2016 09:51:00 AM

Manchester United's Spanish midfield duo Ander Herrera and Juan Mata both featured for Spain in Tuesday's intriguing 2-2 draw with England at Wembley.

The headlines after the game are focusing on the permanency of Southgate's contract with the Three Lions, both teams' mannequin challenges and the fact that England blew a 2-0 lead so late on. However, the performance of Juan Mata has especially come in for stick in the Spanish press. Mata was hauled off the pitch at half time and replaced by the newborn Iago Aspas (he's La Liga player of the month now, not like his Liverpool days). The populatr newspaper Marca refused to give Mata a mark for his performance in the first half, such was their poor regard for it. Herrera on the other hand made his Spain debut when he came on as a substitute, capping off a fine night for him.
Wed, Nov 16, 2016 09:26:00 AM

A near full strength Manchester United side overcame a quite rotated Manchester City at Old Trafford in the EFL Cup tonight.

Guardiola had made nine changes from last weekend's draw with Southampton and the result now put him in the worst streak of his managerial career. The whole match was a tight affair. The game failed to spark into life in the first half as neither side got a shot on target but City had the upper hand. Iheanacho went close early on before a collision between United's stand in captain Carrick and Serrano was not deemed to be a penalty. United started to buck up as the half went on, Ibra and Rashford had their best chances. However, they kept their momentum after the break and Mata stabbed in an Ibra flick to open the scoring. Pogba had hit the post minutes earlier as the reds took charge. Ibra missed a good opportunity later as City tried to draw level, releasing Aguero without joy in the closing period.
Source: Sky Sports
Wed, Oct 26, 2016 05:45:00 PM

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.
Source: NBC Sports
Sat, Sep 24, 2016 09:36:00 AM

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
Thu, Aug 11, 2016 10:44:00 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
Fri, Jul 22, 2016 11:11:00 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
Wed, May 18, 2016 12:13:00 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
Sat, May 7, 2016 09:47:00 AM