Oasis star Noel Gallagher, one of Manchester City’s famous supporters, has cast doubt over the universal school of thought that Manchester United playmaker Juan Mata is one of the few footballers liked by everyone.
After claiming he would let Manchester City’s David Silva sleep with his wife - it’s not clear how his wife, Sara McDonald, feels about that - he was asked by one of the NBC Sports’ interviewers whether Mata, like Silva, was one of those players it was impossible to hate.
But Gallagher was less than impressed with the suggestion, biting back: “No, I look at Juan Mata and think ‘F****** t***’”
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It’s safe to say, though. that Gallagher was only partially joking. The rock star has enjoyed banter with various Manchester United players over the years, including Gary Neville and Wayne Rooney.
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Back in 2012, Gallagher said Rooney - who at the time had recently undergone a hair transplant - “looks like a f***ing balloon with a f***ing Weetabix crushed on top.”
While Gallagher’s brother Liam - also of Oasis fame - sent Rooney’s £2000 Gibson electric guitar back to him painted City blue with the anthem to Blue Moon written on it, after the Manchester United and England striker’s wife Coleen had asked for it to be signed for her husband’s 22nd birthday.
Noel did something similar with Neville, writing ‘Happy Birthday Kn**head’ on his guitar. The two recently conducted an interview together but, perhaps surprisingly, they appeared to get on like a house on fire.
Mata shouldn't take offence
Hopefully Mata, who comes across as a thoroughly decent chap, won’t take too much offence to Gallagher’s insult.
It’s hard to imagine the mild-mannered Mata retaliating - or even dreaming of using such language against another fellow human being.
In terms of universally-liked footballers, Mata must be somewhere close to the top - even if he currently plays for Manchester United and spent two-and-a-half-years at Chelsea before that.
Nobody has a bad word to say against the Spain international, who Manchester United signed for £37.1 million in January 2014 after he was deemed surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge by Jose Mourinho.
Perhaps Gallagher was annoyed by Mata following Manchester City’s 4-2 defeat to United last month - the match in which the Spaniard scored his eighth Premier League goal of the campaign.
Is Juan Mata a ‘F****** t***’” - or is he, as everyone suspects, a quite brilliant man? Have your say in the comments below!