Juan Mata has been at Manchester United for less than two years but he can already recall his five favourite moments.
There’s been little for Mata to shout about during his Old Trafford career - he is yet to lift a trophy since joining from Chelsea in 2014.
United’s lack of success is reflected in Mata’s choices. Instead of bragging about lifting a Premier League title, the Spaniard has to call upon last season’s 2-1 win against Liverpool as one of his greatest moments.
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The video begs the question: why didn’t Mata make a similar video during his Chelsea career? If he had made one, he could have called upon the FA Cup, Champions League and Europa League wins, and being named Chelsea’s Player of the Year in back-to-back seasons.
Mata’s accomplishments at United pale in comparison to what he achieved at Chelsea.
De Gea's response
United keeper David de Gea responded to Mata’s video with a heartfelt message, saying: “I’m sure your best moment is still to come my friend.”
Mata revealed that his best moment in a United shirt was actually when the 2013-14 season - Mata’s first at the club - came to an end.
It certainly must have been a relief to get off the field. The season was one of the worst in United’s history, after all.
But it was actually the reception United’s players received that made this moment so special in Mata’s eyes.
He said: “We finished seventh in the league, a position that Manchester United should never finish in. And when we walk on the pitch to say goodbye to you all, it was unbelievable the feeling that we had.
“The support that you gave us, the energy that you gave us for the next season, was unbelievable. And that’s what makes this club special.”
Wins against the rivals
The 27-year-old also cites making his United debut, scoring his first goal for the Red Devils and last season’s 2-1 and 4-2 wins against Liverpool and Manchester City respectively among his top moments.
For Mata's sake, let's hope De Gea's prediction comes true.
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