The return of football

After three months of forced stoppage, Juan Mata’s Manchester United will play again an official match. Tottenham will be the rival in the return of the Premier League (Friday June 19). Challenges also await in the FA Cup and Europa League.

On March 12, Juan Mata participated with a goal in Manchester United’s overwhelming victory in the first leg of the Europa League round of 16 (0-5 against LASK on the visit to Linz). It was the last game of the Red Devils before the world break caused by the pandemic. It’s been three months since then. A strange period that is coming to an end. Next Friday, United will play in the Premier League again. Mourinho’s Tottenham will be their rival.

In the midst of the medical requirements, Juan and his colleagues have been preparing for a few weeks to face the challenges that lie ahead on these atypical dates. After the duel against Tottenham, the return to Old Trafford will come (June 24 against Sheffield United) and the crossing against Norwich in the FA Cup (June 27, in the quarterfinals).

In addition to the Premier League and FA Cup, the Europa League remains to be resolved, the tournament that Mata has won twice and in which he has scored – in the current edition – 2 goals and three assists in eight games. UEFA has yet to decide the format and dates to define the competition.

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