In his first game this season Juan scored the first of the night in United’s victory over Luton Town (0-3) in the EFL Cup. As usual, Mata had a good percentage in the pass and created many problems in the 78 minutes he played.
This Saturday, Manchester United will debut in the 2020/21 Premier League against Crystal Palace. It will be the tenth for the Spanish player. Since his arrival in August 2011, Juan has played 262 games, having scored 50 goals and assisted 62 times.
In a season marked by the Covid-19 pandemic, the team’s scores have improved a lot but they need one more step to conquer important titles. Juan, who stood out in Europa League, is the 10th foreign player with the most amount of matches for the club.
A pass from the Spanish international to Martial ended in the decisive penalty netted by Bruno Fernandes. Juan’s performance in the game was vital to unbalance the match with Copenhagen (1-0). Manchester United will face the winner of Wolverhampton-Sevilla on Sunday.
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.