It must have felt nice for Juan Mata to receive a message of goodwill from his former Chelsea teammate Eden Hazard earlier this week. The Spaniard, like the rest of his fellow Manchester United stars, would have received his fair share of stick - or worse - from supporters over the past few weeks following a run of poor results.
Hazard posted a photo of Mata after the 0-0 draw between United and Chelsea at Old Trafford on Monday, with the message: “Always good to see you bro✌🏻️✌🏻😜 @juanmatagarcia”.
And now Mata has responded to the Belgium international, calling him a “top, top, top player”. (Scroll down this page to see the message).
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Manchester United’s No. 8 posted the same photo, alongside the caption: “Good to see you too my friend! 🔝🔝🔝 player... #oldtimes #friend #football ⚽️”
Mata and Hazard only played alongside each other at Stamford Bridge for a season-and-a-half but it seems that was more than enough time for the two attacking players to strike up a firm friendship.
Mata will be hoping Mourinho stays away from Old Trafford
Mata was a popular member of the playing squad at Chelsea - and, indeed, won the Player of the Year award in two consecutive seasons - but was effectively forced out of the club in January 2014 by Jose Mourinho.
Subsequently, Mata - perhaps more than any other player in the Manchester United team - will be desperately hoping that Mourinho is not the coach the Red Devils turn to if they sack Louis van Gaal over the coming days.
Monday’s 0-0 draw seems to have bought the under-fire Dutch coach some additional time, however, and he will remain in charge of the team for United’s next match against Swansea City on Saturday.
Will Juan Mata still be a Manchester United player come the start of the 2016-17 campaign? Let us know what you think by leaving a comment below.