Juan Mata: Man United squad all learning from Louis van Gaal
Juan Mata defends under-fire Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal
Juan Mata says the Manchester United squad are all learning from manager Louis van Gaal.
The Red Devils boss was heavily-critcised after the 20-time English champions played out a goalless draw with League Two side Cambridge United in the FA Cup on Friday night.
I really like the way he sees football and we are all trying to do our best for him
Van Gaal’s men are in fourth place in the Premier League, but their top-flight performances have been overshadowed by an early exit in the Capital One Cup at MK Dons.
However, Mata, who is celebrating the first anniversary of his Old Trafford move last January, believes Van Gaal has the correct footballing philosophy.
“I think we are all learning from the manager. He is a great character and a great coach,” Mata told United’s website.
“The way he wants to play football is the right way, which is an attacking way. That means we try to work hard with the ball, try to create space to pass the ball quickly and to switch it from side to side.
“I really like the way he sees football and we are all trying to do our best for him, the staff and for Ryan [Giggs].”
The Spain international has enjoyed a fruitful 12 months at the Red Devils despite playing under three different managers, scoring 11 goals in 34 Premier League appearances.
Mata signed a four-year deal with United following his big-money from their bitter rivals Chelsea after he was deemed surplus to requirement by Blues boss Jose Mourinho.
The former Valencia man won the Champions League, Europa League and FA Cup during a two-and-a-half year stay at Stamford Bridge.