On 26 May, Manchester United will face Emery’s Villarreal. Juan played the last minutes in the defeat (3-2) in Rome, which did not jeopardise the 6-2 result in the first leg. Four years later, he will return to a Europa League final with United.
The Asturian has starred in notable moments in his career against teams such as Juventus, Napoli and Genoa. Manchester United will face AS Roma in the first leg of the Europa League semifinals on Thursday.
The Spanish international played the last 20 minutes of Manchester United’s second leg against Granada (2-0). He wore the captain’s armband and will now seek, against Roma, to play his third final of this competition.
It is not the same to play football and be a footballer. Here, I try to explain how my life has been shaped by the beautiful game, the experiences I have had, and the decisions I had to make along the way, consciously or subconsciously, on and off the pitch.
Several stadiums have had a big impact on my career (Mestalla, Stamford bridge, Old Trafford, Soccer City, The Olympic Stadium of Kiev, Allianz Arena, Wembley, Amsterdam Arena…) but football has let me travel so I’ve had the chance of meeting plenty more. I’ve located and compiled them so that you can see them on my particular ‘Mata´s wold map’. I hope you like it.