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Full Name: Juan Manuel Mata García
Nationality: Apr 28, 1988 (32)
Nationality: Spain

Height: 170cm
Position: Midfielder - Attacking Midfield
Foot: Left
Player Agent: JM10 SPORT (Father)
Squad Number: #8
Joined: Jan 24, 2014
Contract until: Jun 30, 2022
Date of last contract extension: Jul 2, 2021
Outfitter: Adidas

 

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Not a big fan of the old boys society that seems to be the norm at United these days, but I'll make an exception for Mata. Anything to keep that cuddly teddy bear around!
Who else is in the society? Matic? He still has something to offer and he, along with Mata and De gea, are some of the few players we have that actually have the experience of winning anything. Having a couple of older heads in what is a young dressing room is not a negative.
 

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I was against his last contract extension for football reasons. But man..., every time i see him on the news or the field, he gives this warm fuzzy feeling.

He brings a strong good feeling vibe, and perhaps that's worth whatever United pays him.
 

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He was one of the best players in the league in 2012/2013, aged 24. It feels like he's been going down hill since then which is quite mad.

How long has he actually been a top player for us? I think mainly his first 1.5 season he was very good, not great. And ever since just a useful squad player and good vibes.
 

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Who else is in the society? Matic? He still has something to offer and he, along with Mata and De gea, are some of the few players we have that actually have the experience of winning anything. Having a couple of older heads in what is a young dressing room is not a negative.
Was referring more to the likes of Fletcher and Carrick.
 

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Guy gets a lot of stick for having his contract extended. He's perfect to have around for depth, won't complain if he doesn't play. People are always complaining we don't play enough of kids, but reliable backups that don't sulk like Mata helps us give the kids a chance. He was very good in November, then went to Spain to mourn. Hasn't played much since. People are talking like he's dead weight when his last run of games was good.

I hope we won't be in a position where we'll have to use him, but if we do, I hope he goes out with a bang.
 

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When is his contract expected to end?
We shouldn't extend by any means, we have enough experience.
 

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He was one of the players warming up in the second half of the Wolves game. I didn't know why and certainly didn't want him getting dragged around Traore, holding on for dear life.
 

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Likely unpopular opinion but I've actually thought that Juan should get a run with the first team, if only every third game or so. I think he'd play very well in the more attacking midfield role ahead of Pogba and McTom. Yes, Bruno's spot.

I'd like to see it as nobody has better touch and frankly he is a very good finisher. His small stature has hurt him later in his career and Mou didn't give him as much of a run when he should've. I'm glad he's around for a few more years and think he will light up the cups and lesser team when he does get a run with all these attacking options.
 

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He'll hardly get any playing time after we got Sancho and Ronaldo, even in lesser/cup games. We've got Bruno and vdB at number 10, Sancho and Greenwood at right wing. There will be plenty of games but even then I don't see Mata getting many chances, he's probably around for one more year so he retires at United and then become ambassador of club.
 

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Likely unpopular opinion but I've actually thought that Juan should get a run with the first team, if only every third game or so. I think he'd play very well in the more attacking midfield role ahead of Pogba and McTom. Yes, Bruno's spot.

I'd like to see it as nobody has better touch and frankly he is a very good finisher. His small stature has hurt him later in his career and Mou didn't give him as much of a run when he should've. I'm glad he's around for a few more years and think he will light up the cups and lesser team when he does get a run with all these attacking options.
I've often thought the same but have long since given up :lol: I think he showcases some of the most intelligence amongst all our attackers in the positions he picks up, and still has a great touch, pass and finish.
 

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I agree that's likely how it plays out Boris but i disagree with it. I think he has plenty to offer us still. And when Ole calls me and asks my opinion, I'll give it to him!
 

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Won't contribute a thing on the field but he's a nice guy or whatever so it justifies his wages and his contract extensions. Long may it continue Mr. Nice Guy.
 

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Looking impressive here. Wouldn't totally rule out an Indian summer for Juan just yet.

 

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I'm game for another run from Juan but it has to come at the expense of Bruno's playing time since we now have proper wide players. He has no business being out on the wing.
 

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Won't contribute a thing on the field but he's a nice guy or whatever so it justifies his wages and his contract extensions. Long may it continue Mr. Nice Guy.
This has to be the worst bump I’ve ever seen. You need help.
 

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I think we're keeping him around as sort of a mentor and he will transition to a coaching role soon enough.
 

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Yeah difficult to see when and how Juan gets any playing time this season apart from the early rounds in the cups.

He's such a technically gifted player that you'd think that he'd of fancied moving to a slower league and having an Indian summer but nope.