Mata loving life at United

Manchester United new boy Juan Mata says he is thrilled at how quickly he has settled into life at Old Trafford.

Last Updated: 29/01/14 at 13:28 Post Comment

Juan Mata: Expects to enjoy playing with Robin Van Persie

Juan Mata: Expects to enjoy playing with Robin Van Persie

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

The Spaniard, who became the club's record signing when he joined for £37.1m from Chelsea over the weekend, made his debut on Tuesday night and played all but the last seven minutes of the 2-0 victory over Cardiff.

And the 25-year-old thinks United, currently in seventh, are poised to start climbing the table over the remainder of the season.

"I have felt comfortable at this club from the first minute," said Mata. "Time has gone so quickly but the welcome has been amazing.

"The lads are really good and there is a great atmosphere.

"I am always positive. If any club can come back and climb the table, it is this one.

"It will take time but hopefully we can go back up the table. That is what we have been talking about in the dressing room.

"We will try to win as many games as we can to the end of the season, hopefully all of them."

More to come from Mata

Mata produced a polished display on his debut but says there is more to come, adding: "To be honest I didn't train that much last week because of the transfer. I know I can improve."

Robin Van Persie and Wayne Rooney both featured against Cardiff after recovering from injuries and Mata is looking forward to teaming up with them in the coming months.

"Rooney and Robin are two of the best strikers in the world," said Mata.

"It will be amazing to play alongside them. I just want to help them, and help the team win matches.

"We need to sustain this feeling."

Strong bench pleases Moyes

United boss David Moyes is also in upbeat mood, pointing to the fact that Rooney and exciting youngster Adnan Januzaj started on the bench as evidence that United now have the strength in depth they need.

"People would have looked at our bench and said 'that is more like it'," said the manager. "We are starting to get players in.

"I need competition and I need players to play well, we have not had enough right at the top of their game. Hopefully, the competition for places will help make that happen."

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

F

irst Townsend, now Chiles. What next ITV? Comedy that you can actually watch without vomiting up your own spleen? I'll be sad to see Matt Smith go though. I actually quite like him. Plus, he was good in Doctor Who.

sailingmagpie
Adrian Chiles to leave ITV

H

e's like Jay from Inbetweeners. Could've had him, had him, didn't want him, turned him down.

lee
Wenger criticises work permits

A

wful, awful pundit. He was crap on BBC, and offered a little more analysis than Robbie Savage - apart from the delivery of banality in a sexy accent. Also, as I'm Irish he'll never be more then a slimy, hand-balling f**ker in my eyes.

batdog
Football People On TV: Thierry Henry

Footer 365

Transfer news: Sam Allardyce unsure whether Darren Fletcher will join West Ham

Manager Sam Allardyce admits he is unsure whether Darren Fletcher will choose to join West Ham or another club.

Transfer news: Wigan close to signings of Chris Herd from Aston Villa and Jason Pearce from Leeds

Wigan are close to signing Aston Villa's Chris Herd on loan and Leeds' Jason Pearce permanently, Sky sources understand.

Transfer news: Arsene Wenger expects Gabriel Paulista to sign for Arsenal within 24 hours

Arsene Wenger expects Arsenal to complete the signing of Villarreal defender Gabriel Paulista within the next 24 hours.

Mail Box

Appalling, Slow, Pathetic, Embarrassing

It's a bonus Saturday Mailbox, with plenty of reaction to the most alarming 0-0 draw in Manchester United's recent history. At what point do we worry about Louis van Gaal?

Why Do Man United Look So Impotent?

It's all very well talking about formations and United's defensive problems, but shouldn't their expensive attacking options be doing better? And we talk psychology...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company