Juan Mata reflects on his ‘whirlwind’ first year at Man United

Juan Mata admits that his first year at Manchester United has flown by

Juan Mata has admitted that his first year at Manchester United has flown by – but insists that he enjoyed every moment of it.

The Spanish playmaker arrived at United from Chelsea last January after being deemed surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge by new boss Jose Mourinho.

Mata has scored 11 goals in 34 games for the Red Devils since moving to Old Trafford.

And the 26-year-old says that he feels “privileged” to be playing for United after looking back on his first year at the club.

“It seems it was yesterday when I stepped on Carrington for the first time, when I met my team-mates and had the first training session with them,” Mata wrote on his blog.

“Twelve months have gone since then, and the truth is I feel like everything has passed really fast. In this 365 days I have lived many special moments, with a lot of good times and some disappointments too, but I have always felt privileged for being where I am.

“The United staff, the fans and my team-mates have been fantastic with me since the very first day, and it’s because of them that Manchester United is such a great and important club worldwide.

“For all these reasons and many more I want to thank you all and to keep the same mentality that I had when I came here: to compete, to get better and to do my bit for the benefit of the team and the club.”

United, who were held to a goalless draw by Cambridge United in the fourth round of the FA Cup on Friday night, next face Leicester City in the Premier League at Old Trafford.

Mata continued: “Good results are the best reward for you, I know, that’s why we are already focusing on the game against Leicester City in Old Trafford the next weekend.

“The previous match with them left us with a bad taste; we want to change that and offer a good game to our crowd.”

Mata has been in decent form for Louis van Gaal’s side so far this season, scoring five goals and making three assists in 19 Premier League games for the Red Devils.

He was rested by manager Louis van Gaal for the FA Cup draw with Cambridge last week.

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