Juan Mata thanks Man United team-mates for support after tough start

Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata is hoping to better his six Premier League goals from last season

Juan Mata has thanked his Manchester United team-mates for helping the Spaniard settle despite a tough start to life at Old Trafford.

The 26-year-old completed a £37.1m switch to United from Chelsea in the January transfer window but was unable to transform the club’s ailing fortunes under David Moyes, who was sacked in April.

I scored six goals last year and I am looking forward to hopefully do it again and again this season

Juan Mata

Mata, who has scored six goals and made four assists in 16 Premier League appearances for the Red Devils, lifted the lid on the support of his team-mates in the first six months of his United career.

“Yes I do, and this is down to the players in the dressing room who have helped me a lot,” Mata told Manchester Evening News.

“They are a great bunch of lads who made it really easy for me in my first six months.

“At times during last season there were hard moments for everyone, but I always tried to do what I do which is to score goals and set my team-mates up.

“I scored six goals last year and I am looking forward to hopefully do it again and again this season.

“My first goal at Old Trafford (against Aston Villa in March) was really emotional for me.

“I am extremely grateful to the fans for their support, always in the stadium, the training ground and even in the street, they always show me their support – that’s really important for me.”

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