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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 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

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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.
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".
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

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.
Fri, Mar 11, 2016 12:50:00 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.
Sun, Mar 6, 2016 12:57:00 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.
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.
Tue, Sep 8, 2015 05:01:00 PM