Juan Mata sends special message to Man United fans

Juan Mata thanks Manchester United's supporters for generating a 'special' atmosphere at Old Trafford on Sunday

Juan Mata thanked Manchester United’s supporters for generating an “incredible” atmosphere during Sunday’s win over local rivals Manchester City.

Mata has been in fine form in recent weeks and scored United’s third goal with a well-taken finish in the second half as Louis van Gaal’s men secured a thumping win over their neighbours.

And the Spanish playmaker, who has scored three goals and made one assist in his last three games, was full of praise for the Old Trafford faithful after Sunday’s triumph.

Spain international Mata wrote on his blog: “Beating your Manchester rival and, on top of that, being able to score in front of your crowd is a truly amazing feeling, especially because we stretch our good moment and we keep adding points.

“I may sound repetitive but once again I have to say that the best part is the incredible atmosphere that Old Trafford generates. I have to admit that it was arguably the game with the best atmosphere at home since I arrived to United, and I realised that already during the warm-up…

“It was a special game, we had had several consecutive defeats against City and both the fans and the players felt it was time to change that streak. It’s not easy to explain with words what you feel on the pitch, but the thrill of a comeback in a derby is something I will never forget.”

United’s next game is a trip to Mata’s former club Chelsea on Saturday afternoon.

Sunday’s victory moved United to within one point of second-placed Arsenal heading into the final six games of the season.

Mata, who joined United from Chelsea back in January 2014, has scored eight goals and made four assists in 27 Premier League games for United so far this term.

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