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Mata eyeing central role

Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata has admitted that he prefers to play centrally, and insisted a possible new system will bring the best out of him.

Last Updated: 15/08/14 at 10:56 Post Comment

Juan Mata: Relishing opportunity to play more centrally

Juan Mata: Relishing opportunity to play more centrally

The Spaniard endured a frustrating first few months at United after signing from Chelsea for a club-record fee in January.

Played out of position, with the team struggling to maintain pace with the leaders, Mata cut a forlorn figure, but the 26-year-old insisted that this time around, played centrally in a 3-5-2 or 3-4-1-2 formation, he can propel the Red Devils back up the table.

“I hope it will be perfect for me,” Mata told the Daily Mail.

“I feel comfortable in that position (centrally, behind the front two).

“I can play as a midfielder defensively or as a striker offensively if that’s what I have got to do.

“My mission is to assist and score. I can do that from this position and I hope I can have a great season for the team."

Mata also revealed the extent of his frustrations last season, insisting he has no problem with assistant boss Ryan Giggs who opted to omit the Spaniard for two of his four games as interim manager.

“He spoke to me about it,” Mata added.

“He said to the whole team that he was going to use every player.

“He told me he wanted a different kind of player in that situation. That was okay.

“When I arrived at the club he was very good to me and I won’t forget that.”

Considering he'd barely featured for Chelsea in the first half of last season, the performances after he moved to United were more of a contribution in the 2nd half of the season than a hell of a lot of players made in the full season. I'm really looking forward to seeing Mata, Rooney and Van Persie tear teams apart, Glory Glory Man Utd!
- shea666

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