Mata on Moyes

Juan Mata has revealed all about the four managers he has worked under during his time at Old Trafford, writes JOSHUA JONES.

The Spaniard was brought to Manchester United by David Moyes in January 2014, but three months later the Scot was sacked.

However, he admits David Moyes needed to be dismissed because results simply were not good enough.

Mata said: “I always feel bad when a manager has to go, because it means that you are not doing right, or you are not getting results. So it’s not a nice feeling. So unfortunately he had to go. But of course, I’m very thankful to him.

“What I remember the most about that season was in the last game. Ryan Giggs was our caretaker manager at that time, and we always do the ‘lap of honour’. You say ‘thank you’, ‘goodbye’ and ‘see you next season’.

“I was very afraid of that, because we were seventh in the league, a position Manchester United should never be, so I was like: we’re going to wave and they’re going to boo us back, they’re going to insult and they’re going to be like they should feel, because I understand that.

“I came from Spain and I know how things can turn difficult when the team is not performing.

“I didn’t want to look to the people just in case, and I was embarrassed. But half-way, I realised that they were clapping, they were singing, they were encouraging us, saying it doesn’t matter, next season, next season. I was just like: ‘this is incredible’.

“Honestly, it was unbelievable to have such fans behind you. You’re seventh in the league with Manchester United, having been winners the year before with Sir Alex Ferguson.

“And they don’t lose their patience and they say, ‘Keep going, it doesn’t matter’. It got me a bit emotional, because I didn’t expect it.”


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