Juan Mata sticks up for ‘great’ ex-Man United boss David Moyes

Juan Mata leaps to the defence of David Moyes, despite his doomed reign in charge of Manchester United

Juan Mata has leapt to the defence of David Moyes, describing the former Manchester United boss as a “great man” despite his doomed reign at Old Trafford.

Moyes moved to bring Mata to Old Trafford from Chelsea in a then club-record deal back in January 2014 but the Scot was relieved of his duties towards the end of the 2013-14 season after a disappointing campaign left them seventh in the Premier League table.

However, Spanish playmaker Mata is full of admiration for the former Everton boss and feels that Moyes was “unlucky” to be dismissed by the Premier League club.

Mata told beIN Sports: “He was very unlucky at the club.

“I think he is a great man, I am grateful to him as I was to [Andre] Villas-Boas at Chelsea.

“But he was unlucky because we didn’t get the results we should have and we changed again.”

Mata went on to admit that it was always going to be difficult for whoever was tasked with succeeding Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford following his decorated reign in charge of the Red Devils.

The Spain international continued: “After so many years of Sir Alex Ferguson, it was always going to be difficult for any manager to come and to do the same because it is almost impossible to win as many trophies as he did.

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“So I think it was mix of everything but I think any manger would have faced problems because the expectations were very high after Ferguson.”

Mata, 27, scored nine goals and made four assists in the Premier League last season.

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