Juan aspires to conquer his second Europa League this Wednesday against Ajax. In his first title was decisive to lift the trophy. The Asturian has scored three goals and assisted five times in the eleven finals has played in his career. He has won the three finals he’d played with United.
This Wednesday from 20:45 on (local time), United and Ajax will play the Europa League final at the Friends Arena in Stockholm. Juan is on the brink of winning the title for the second time. It will be a success for him and a historic day for United, that has never won this competition.
In total, Mata has won seven out the eleven finals he has played with his clubs. In those finals he has scored three times and assisted five; a fact that proves Mata’s efficiency in decisive moments. In fact, in the 2012-13 Europa League conquered while at Chelsea, Juan assisted twice in the final against Benfica. In the second goal, and when the two teams seemed to be heading for extra time, Mata took the corner Ivanovic headed home. By the way that final was played at the Amsterdam ArenA, home ground to Ajax.
Since Juan arrived at United, he has disputed three finals. Those finals ended up with United victory (2015/16 FA Cup, scoring one goal, 2016/17 Community Shield and the 2016/17 EFL Cup). The next challenge for the Red Devils is to conquer the Europa League. In this edition Mata has scored two goals and assisted two times, helping United to reach the final. Of all the players of the team, De Gea and him are the only players that has won the Europa League. If everything goes well, the rest of the team will presume of it on Wednesday.
It will be the best way to finish the season in which Juan was performing at a great level until he was forced to stop to fix a hernia. Recovered on time for the final exam, Mata wants to be the protagonist in Swedish soil.