In the Premier League era, fans getting to meet the players is a rare opportunity of which few supporters will experience.
However, Juan Mata once again proved on Sunday afternoon that despite all the money and fame that football brings, his modest and down-to-earth nature really does make the Spain international one of the nicest guys in football.
Many footballers get involved in charity events and some give away their shirts after the match but it's not often that players take more than a few seconds, to sign an autograph or pose for a picture, when interacting with their club's fans.
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Following Manchester United's 1-1 draw at home to Stoke City, Mata was spotted jogging over to a disabled fan in a wheelchair, who was clearly awaiting the opportunity to meet the Spaniard.
The United coach was waiting to leave the ground, with hundreds of supporters watching the players' departure, but Mata held up proceedings to meet the fan and pose for a picture.
Mata spent the best part of a minute speaking to the fan and what appeared to be his dad, before promptly heading for the coach.
Since arriving in the Premier League with Chelsea, the softly-spoken midfielder has gained a reputation for being 'the nicest guy in football', and based on the cheers Mata received from supporters outside the ground, they clearly would agree.
It has also understood that Mata even celebrated with the same fan following United's win over Norwich City, last season.
Mata in Mourinho's plans
Luckily for Red Devils fans, they needn't fear losing the kind-hearted Spaniard any time soon, with Jose Mourinho having made the 28-year-old a key part of his plans.
Mata was shipped out of Stamford Bridge during the Portuguese's reign in west London, and there were concerns that Mourinho would do the same again.
However, Mata has scored twice and provided one assist so far this season, having been a regular feature for the Red Devils this campaign.
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