Photo: Man United’s David De Gea pays tribute to ‘personal driver’ Juan Mata

Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea pays the most colourful tribute to birthday boy Juan Mata

David De Gea and Juan Mata Photo: David De Gea/Instagram

David De Gea has certainly scooped the award for most original birthday message after the Manchester United goalkeeper paid tribute to his team-mate Juan Mata.

The Red Devils playmaker turned 27 on Tuesday just two days after Louis van Gaal’s side were humbled at Goodison Park following a 3-0 defeat by Everton.

De Gea and Mata appear to have become firm friends since the World Cup winner’s £37.1m move to Old Trafford from their bitter rivals Chelsea in January 2014.

But the former Atletico Madrid shot stopper revealed that Mata has taken on many roles in the goalkeeper’s life since his switch to the 20-time English champions.

De Gea posted the above photo and wrote: “Team-mate, neighbour, personal driver, cook… You are many things, but especially a friend! Happy birthday @juanmatagarcia!”

Mata, who dethroned as United’s most expensive player by Angel di Maria last summer, has scored eight goals in 29 Premier League appearances under Van Gaal this season.

The former Valencia winger has netted 15 times in 44 games in all competitions since his big-money transfer to the 20-time English champions.

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