Man United’s Juan Mata looking forward to Chelsea return

Juan Mata admits he is already looking forward to returning to Stamford Bridge with Manchester United this weekend

Juan Mata admits that he is already looking forward to returning to Stamford Bridge with Manchester United next weekend.

The Spanish playmaker has been in fine form for Louis van Gaal’s side so far this season and scored United’s third goal as the Red Devils sealed a thumping 4-2 win over local rivals Manchester City at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Mata is preparing to return to the west London side’s stadium for Saturday’s clash following his transfer to United from Chelsea back in January 2014.

And the 26-year-old Spain international says that he is relishing coming up against his former employers at their home ground.

Mata wrote on his blog: “From this Monday we are already thinking about our next ‘final’, a visit to the leader of the Premiership.

“Needless to say that it’s going to be a very special game for me. I already played against Chelsea in the first half of the championship, but going back to Stamford Bridge for the first time will bring me plenty of good memories, for sure.

“The day I arrived to this great club I wrote: “Gratitude is the memory of the heart”. And I keep thinking the same. At that time I had the chance to thank everybody who helped me in London during those two-and-a-half years, and next Saturday it will be nice to meet former team-mates, fans and friends.

“I keep good memories of them and I wish them the best. Obviously, our intention is to get the three points again and we will try from the kick-off until the final whistle.

“The best thing is that we get to this game in a very good moment, with confidence, but we are aware that we must perform at our best level if we want to beat Chelsea.”

Mata has scored eight goals and made four assists in 27 Premier League games for Van Gaal’s men so far this season.

The Red Devils are currently third in the table and just a point behind second-placed Arsenal heading into Saturday’s clash at Stamford Bridge.

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