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Juan Manuel Mata Garcia | Midfielder

Team: Manchester United
Age / DOB:  (26) / 4/28/1988
Ht / Wt:  5'9' / 134

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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. Mar 22 - 11:38 AM
Source: NBC Sports

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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

Juan Mata sparked an early goal from the returning Robin van Persie and Manchester United cruised to victory in the Spaniard's debut.

The hope around Old Trafford is that Juan Mata will reverse United's less than impressive first half fortunes. The Old Trafford faithful didn't have to wait long as Juan Mata started an attacking move in the 6th minute that the returning Robin van Persie scored to give United the lead and ultimately the win. With leaders Arsenal drawing at Southampton and Everton losing to Liverpool, the Red Devils crept slightly closer to the top of the table.
Tue, Jan 28, 2014 06:48:00 PM

Manchester United have confirmed that they've reached an agreement with Chelsea on the purchase of Juan Mata for a club-record fee.

The club also announced that the deal is subject to a medical and the agreement of personal terms between Mata and the club. The transfer increases the Spaniard's fantasy value as he will now get a substantial increase in playing time. Mata will be the center of the United attack and he has shown over the past few season that he can be the focal point of a top club. He has the ability to assist and score at an elite level and will be hard to resist at a fantasy price of £10.74M
Fri, Jan 24, 2014 04:21:00 PM

While there has been no formal bid, it is understood that Manchester United are close to a 40 million pound move for under-used Chelsea midfielder, Juan Mata.

This would be a marquee, but still an odd, signing for United. They already have Wayne Rooney, Adnan Januzaj, and Shinji Kagawa available to play as the number 10. However, like Arsenal adding Mesut Ozil this summer, perhaps Mata helps the others realize their potential despite seeming redundant on first blush.
Source: The Guardian
Tue, Jan 21, 2014 11:34:00 PM

Jose Mourinho officially declared on Friday that Chelsea have received no bids for Juan Mata or Michael Essien and expressed no need to add anyone if Kevin De Bruyne departs.

"We have had no bids for Mata or Essien. We've had two for De Bruyne which we are analyzing. He's a fantastic player with potential. We don't need a direct replacement (if De Bruyne leaves). It's a position where we have options," the Chelsea manger stated on Friday. Mata has seen minutes in six of the Blues last eight matches, but played just 52 minutes in the team's 3-0 victory over Southampton on January 1. He has one assist in the last eight games and just two the entire season thus far.
Sat, Jan 11, 2014 01:02:00 AM

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho expressed his desire to keep Juan Mata and Michael Essien during the January transfer window, but said that the door is open if they want to leave.

"I want to keep him [Mata}. I don't want him to go. That is my opinion, my wish, but my door is open. The club's door is open too so when a player wants to speak to us we are there waiting for them. If you are asking do you want the club to sell him? I don't want to. I offer nobody - not Michael, not nobody (guaranteed playing time). I understand that players think about national team, the World Cup and playing regularly, but my players have to think of the team before the players. Michael knows that perfectly." Mata and Essien haven't been fantasy studs by any means this season, logging just 976 minutes combined through 20 games, but a move for either player would give Chelsea the opportunity to spend big elsewhere.
Source: Sky Sports
Thu, Jan 2, 2014 09:28:00 PM