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Manchester United star hails impact of Mata signing

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Manchester United utility man Phil Jones claims the club record acquisition of Juan Mata from Chelsea has 'lifted spirits' at the club and admits the players are all eager to impress their new teammate.

Mata arrived in Manchester for £37 million, surpassing the fee paid to sign Dimitar Berbatov from Tottenham in 2008, and made his debut for the Premier League champions in the defeat of Cardiff on Tuesday.

The signing of Mata is the marquee recruit David Moyes had desired following his own move to Old Trafford, and the hope is that the Spain international can revive the club's faltering season and push them towards the coveted top four places.

Jones certainly believes Mata will prove to be a valuable signing indeed for Manchester United, and hopes the 25-year-old can ensure the club continue to be successful in the seasons to come.

"It makes an impact in the dressing room when you sign a player of that calibre. He is such a talented player on the ball. He has definitely lifted spirits in the dressing room and especially in training," Jones told the official club website.

"We want to impress and show him that we are what we are, that we are one of the best teams to be at.

"He came in against Cardiff. He has done well and I am sure he will be a huge asset and fantastic player for Manchester United, hopefully for many years to come.

"He sees the pass that sometimes no-one else sees. If he continues to make them, I am sure we will soon be climbing the table."

Mata is set to make his second appearance for his new club away to Stoke on Saturday afternoon, and three points could be enough to propel them into the top five.

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