Juan Mata has spent five years at Manchester United and has become one of the more senior players in the dressing room.
The Spaniard is more than a household name. A World Cup winner, European Championship winner, and not to forget his Champions League triumph with Chelsea in 2012.
It goes without saying that the youngsters at Manchester United all look up to professional players like Mata. Not only is he an exceptionally talented playmaker, but he also comes across really well in interviews as a humble individual.
Tahith Chong, James Garner and Mason Greenwood have all made their debuts under boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, while Angel Gomes has also featured under the Norwegian.
Next season they will all be expected to kick on again in order to get more minutes under the belt. The media expect United to clear out a lot of squad members this summer, so there’s every chance that these boys will be even closer to the team next term.
Obviously, it’s up to Ole to decide that but what I can tell you is that there are some good players in there, Juan told ManUtd.com.
I like them very much. I like their work-rate and their attitude. They’re humble and they want to learn – that’s very important at that age.
Everyone knows the jump from the academy to first team is huge, but when there’s a belief within a group of players that opportunities will be given, you just might notice them all trying that bid harder. OGS can have that effect on the club as manager.
“I think they have the quality to be football players,” Mata added. “After that, it’s not only to arrive, it’s to maintain yourself in that high-level performance that you need to play for such a club.
“I wish them the best because they’re good kids, they train hard and they deserve the best.”
Mata’s future remains unclear with his contract set to expire this summer. However, the Manchester Evening News claims that United are ready to make their final offer to convince Mata to stay.