Juan Mata: Man United price-tag did not put me under pressure

Juan Mata insists that he did not feel under any extra pressure because of his price-tag at Manchester United

Juan Mata has insisted that his £37.1m price-tag did not put him under any more pressure to perform following his transfer from Chelsea last year.

The Spaniard move to Old Trafford for a then club-record fee after the playmaker struggled to hold down a regular starting spot in Jose Mourinho’s first-team at Stamford Bridge.

Mata has gone on to establish himself as a first-team regular under new manager Louis van Gaal at United.

And the 27-year-old insists that he did not feel under any extra pressure due to the amount of money paid for his services.

“You have to manage the pressure, but it is always the same”, Mata told beIN Sports.

“So what you have to do is what you have been doing in your career on the pitch.

“It doesn’t matter how much they paid for you, after all it is a deal between the clubs so you don’t decide your price.

“The only thing you can do is be professional and try to do your best.”

Mata enjoyed a relatively successful first campaign under Van Gaal last season. The Spanish playmaker scored nine goals and made four assists for the Red Devils as they ended up fourth in the table.

He has recently been enjoying some downtime in Mexico as he recharges his batteries ahead of the new Premier League season.

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