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.
Twelve years ago (28 March 2009), Juan Mata made his debut for Spain in a qualifying match for the World Cup in South Africa. He played the final half-hour in the victory against Turkey at the Santiago Bernabéu (1-0). It was his first game with an outstanding team, with which he would win the World Cup and the European Championship.