Juan Mata admits he's not a proper striker

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Juan Mata has said that he is happy with his form at Manchester United.

The Spaniard has struggled for chances in the first team this season with speculation that he could leave Old Trafford in the January transfer window.

However the 26-year-old has taken advantage of United’s injury crisis and netted twice in his last five games, both goals were the winners against Crystal Palace and Stoke.

Mata’s upturn in form has coincided with United entering a run of five back-to-back victories including a difficult win away to Arsenal, which he believes was the key to the club’s recent form.

“That was after winning against Crystal Palace with a late goal and then winning two games in a row at Old Trafford," he told United's official website. "The confidence has been boosted by these results.”


Since his then club record move from Premier League rivals Chelsea in January, Mata has scored 10 times; only Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie have scored more in 2014.

“I have always tried to score as many goals as I can,” Mata told the Red Devil’s website. “Even though I’m not a proper striker, I have always had a good record at the end of the season with every team I have played for and right now I will try to keep scoring more.”

The diminutive playmaker scored 33 goals in 129 La Liga appearances for Valencia.

Mata then transferred that form to Chelsea with 17 goals in 69 appearances in his first two seasons at Stamford Bridge, winning the club’s player of the year award on both occasions before falling out of favour under Jose Mourinho.

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