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Happy 2018 to all

1 Jan 2018

Hi everyone,

First of all, Happy New Year! I think this is the first time that I post this on a 1st of January. I remember doing it on the last day of the year but not the first one. I wish you all a fantastic year and a lot of happiness. I’m writing this from our pre-game hotel, where we are spending New Year’s Eve in a different way. As we did other years, we have to spend this day in a hotel just before a game and the routine has been the same as in any other game. As you know, the tradition in Spain is to eat 12 grapes at midnight, one with each bell strike. I keep doing that, even if I’ve been in England for quite a few years now. Well, I didn’t do it only myself: David, Ander and Emilio Alvarez joined me in my room to celebrate it our way. Mike, the chef, had the grapes ready for the ‘Spanish clan’, he’s great. We ate the grapes and off to sleep, obviously, because we start the year with a complicated game at Everton.

I know that so far the Christmas season hasn’t been particularly good for the Manchester United supporters. Three consecutive ties are not the best way to close 2017, and we know it. We must go back to the winning track and that’s our first wish for 2018, a year that we hope it’s even better than 2017. We understand the frustration of the fans after our last results, since we share the same feeling. But the only way to improve those scores is to carry on all together. Then, we may win or not, but our duty is to give everything on the pitch and that’s what we are going to do.

We won’t have Romelu against Everton after suffering a head injury against Southampton. He’s feeling well and I hope that he can be back with the team soon. Which reminds me of my main wish for all of you in the new year: health.

Have a good start in 2018. Thank you very much for your support. Hugs,

Juan Mata

Juan