Juan Mata reflects on Man United’s ‘intense’ draw with Chelsea
Juan Mata gives his take after Manchester United salvage a 1-1 draw at Chelsea
Juan Mata insisted that he felt “comfortable” as he lined up for Manchester United against former club Chelsea on Sunday.
The Spanish playmaker came up against the Blues for the first time since leaving Stamford Bridge to join United back in the January transfer window.
It was nice to meet again friends and former team-mates after all these months
Robin van Persie’s stoppage-time goal salvaged a 1-1 draw for the Red Devils after Didier Drogba had headed Chelsea in front at Old Trafford.
And Mata reflected on an “intense” day after the game, writing on his blog: “As you can imagine, this has been a very intense day for me.
“A Sunday full of emotions because of the big game against Chelsea. Facing them for the first time was special and the match, very even in my opinion, was tense until the last minute.
“I think we did a good first half, but we weren’t able to take our chances. In the second half, after Drogba’s goal they took control of the game for some time but in the last stage we pushed hard and managed to equalise.
“The truth is I felt very comfortable on the pitch, and it was nice to meet again friends and former team-mates after all these months.
“In the end, when you are on the pitch you concentrate on doing your job to help your team, and you must be absolutely focused on that.”
He added: “As always, the atmosphere in Old Trafford was spectacular. Your support this season is vital.”