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Manchester United's £37.1m star left Chelsea to win title

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Manchester United's new £37.1m signing Juan Mata has expressed his desire to win the Premier League trophy - and admits that was one of the reasons behind his decision to move to Old Trafford.

The Spanish playmaker, whose move to the Premier League champions was confirmed on Saturday, won the Champions League, Europa League and FA Cup during his two-and-a-half year spell at Chelsea.

The Premier League title, however, eluded him - but the attacking midfielder is keen to make up for lost time at Old Trafford, home of the reigning league champions.

"I would like to win the Premier League," Mata said in an interview with MUTV. "It's a very, very special trophy and I think at this club you can achieve anything. I am young and I have been lucky enough to win some trophies, but I want to win a lot more."

"To be honest I think it's a bit surprising, but I have to say I am really grateful to Chelsea - to the owner, to the people working in the club and to the fans," he said.

"The last six months were difficult for me, I didn't play as much as I wanted to.

"I understand that football is a team sport and I respected that situation. But the chance to come to Manchester United was a great chance for me to carry on with my career, they are a massive club."

The chances of Mata winning the Premier League title this season are, of course, extremely slim.

United currently find themselves in seventh place, 14 points behind league-leaders Arsenal, with 16 matches left to play.

But can David Moyes' side fight their way back into the title race with a formidable-looking front four of Mata, Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney and Adnan Januzaj?

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