Juan Mata has revealed how he has taken on a mentoring role at Manchester United, by helping new arrivals and young players settle into the first-team squad.
Mata has played for United for six years following his 2014 transfer from Premier League rivals Chelsea, and at 31, is one of the more experienced players in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s young side.
The Red Devils brought in Bruno Fernandes and Odion Ighalo in the January transfer window, while Solskjaer has happily given youth a chance during his tenure, and Mata says he is now passing on guidance to the newer faces in the squad.
Speaking on the Official Manchester United Podcast, Mata said:
“I would love to win it and of course I want to win it before I finish playing,” Mata added. “David De Gea always tells me when he arrived here, I think they lost the Premier League by one point in the first season but in the second season they won. He told me it was incredible.
“Maybe I will play until my 50s if needed but if I don’t win it it’s alright also. You know I’m not really obsessed about it, it would be very nice to have won almost everything.”