Manchester United playmaker Juan Mata has made a controversial call by saying that former Liverpool striker Luis Suarez was '70 per cent of their team".
Speaking to El Pais in Spain, Mata said: “When we played against Liverpool, Luis Suarez could beat us on his own. He was the 70 per cent of Liverpool.”
The former Chelsea star was talking about the players that had impressed him the most over his time in the Premier League when Suarez's name came up alongside stars Robin van Persie and Gareth Bale.
The new Barcelona forward scored 31 of Liverpool's goals last season, despite missing the opening six games of the campaign through suspension.
Mata has found opportunities hard to come by with the introduction of attacking stars such as Ander Herrera, Angel Di Maria ad Radamel Falcao. Despite the lack of first team action for the 26-year-old, he talked of his happiness of being in Manchester and has spoken fondly of his teammates.
When asked about life at Old Trafford, the Spaniard replied by saying: “I have really good teammates at Manchester United, like Wayne Rooney, but I was surprised by Januzaj (when I arrived at Old Trafford). He is great. I can see every day that has a unique left foot. He must have patience but if he has it we will be talking about an extraordinary player.”
“[Radamel] Falcao is a wonderful person, very humble, and a top goalscorer. It’s amazing how he moves in the area, how he is always ready to score. It’s pure instinct. He had a major injury, but he is now recovered.
“Angel [di Maria] is a phenomenon. He adds many things to Manchester United, he is very intense with the ball, very electric. He intimidates the rivals and forces them to play very back."
Mata signed for United back in January 2014, and since has scored 8 goals in 21 appearances for the Red Devils. However, since his lack of first team opportunities, he may be looking elsewhere in January in order to gain regular first team football.