Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata has heaped praise on the performance of Paul Pogba following the club’s 2-0 triumph over Chelsea in the FA Cup fifth round. The France international has been one of the club’s in-form players since the appointment of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and he continued to provide another commanding performance with a goal and an assist against the Blues.
Speaking after the game, Mata was full of admiration for his teammate, who made the key difference during the first period. He added to praise the midfielder’s all-round ability on the playing field and hailed him as one of the best midfielders in the world, he said: “Yes, he assisted the cross for the first goal, scored the second one. Even in the second half, 80, 85 minutes he was still defending, going forwards. He’s very, very complete. He’s got physique, he’s got quality, he’s got a pass, he can go box to box. He’s one of the best. Today he showed why.”
José Mourinho has admitted that he has drastically changed his style of football in order to satisfy the requirements of a club like Manchester United.
Known as a pragmatic manager, Mourinho has often placed a victory more than the style of the game. This has often led to many supporters being left treated with dour action at much of his previous clubs like Chelsea and Inter Milan. Mourinho made the first obvious change to attractive football when he took over at Real Madrid a few years ago.
Now, the Portuguese is once again requested to offer entertaining football as he is in charge of Manchester United – a club with great tradition when it comes to playingin a certain style. Since taking over from Louis van Gaal in the summer, Mourinho immediately set the target of winning the league and other multiple trophies. Continue reading
Manchester United will be without defensive pair Chris Smalling and Jonny Evans for this evening’s crucial Champions League last sixteen second leg against Olympiakos at Old Trafford.
Juan Mata will also be absent having already represented Chelsea in this season’s competition, while Nani remains side-lined with hamstring problem though Javier Hernandez could feature.
Manchester United’s record signing Juan Mata believes that this month’s run of crucial fixtures will define the club’s season, according to the Mirror.
The reigning Premier League champions, who had no game over the weekend, will have the chance to reclaim sixth when they take on West Bromwich Albion on Saturday with Everton facing Arsenal in the FA Cup quarter finals.
Manchester United striker Robin van Persie has apologised to his teammates following comments he made after Tuesday evening’s 2-0 Champions League last sixteen first leg defeat to Olympiakos, according to the Mirror.
The Dutch international had complained about his teammates running into areas he was supposed to be, but has insisted that his criticisms were aimed at himself.
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Manchester United will be without defensive duo Phil Jones and Jonny Evans for this evening’s Champions League last sixteen first leg match against Olympiakos.
Nani will also miss the game through injury, while Juan Mata is cup tied having already played in the competition for Chelsea though Rafael and Danny Welbeck are both available.
Juan Mata believes that Manchester United still have the ability to sign the world’s best talent, according to the Daily Star.
The Spain international became the clubs all time record signing when he completed a £37.1m move from Chelsea during the January transfer window, and is confident that players of his calibre can follow him into Old Trafford.
Juan Mata is confident that Manchester United can still finish in the top four of the Premier League this season, according to Sky Sports.
The reigning champions, who have just returned from a warm-weather training trip to Dubai, are eleven points behind Liverpool – the current occupiers of fourth place.
Wayne Rooney is set to return to the Manchester United starting line-up for tomorrow afternoon’s trip to Stoke City.
The England international came on for the final half an hour of the Premier League champions’ 2-0 win over Cardiff City on Tuesday evening – his first appearance for the club since New Year’s Day.
Phil Jones believes that the arrival of Juan Mata has raised spirits at Manchester United, according to the Daily Star.
The Spain international completed his club record switch from Chelsea at the weekend, and made his debut in the 2-0 win over Cardiff City on Tuesday evening.