Sid Lowe of The Guardian spoke to Juan Mata and the Spaniard gave his frank opinions about his Chelsea days and how the transfer to Manchester United happened.
When asked about Mourinho on did he gave any explanation why he was not playing you, Mata said “No. We never talked about that. Nor would we. When I played, I played. He would give me instructions. There are coaches who explain but others who don’t think it’s necessary. That’s all.”
Interestingly, the Spaniard made just 13 Premier League appearances before his move to Manchester United.
However, Mata is very happy now that he made a move to Manchester United, offering his thanks to now sacked manager David Moyes. “David [Moyes] called me and said they needed a player like me who makes the team play, who could offer fluidity and provide assists and goals. He told me he thought I could play in any of the three positions behind the striker. I said, yes, I’d played in all three during my career. But in negotiations like this, it always takes a long time. Then came the journey in the helicopter. It was all a bit unreal. And then after just two days’ training, I was playing for Manchester United.”
Despite his struggles under Jose Mourinho, Mata admits that it was very difficult to leave Stampford Bridge for Old Trafford and he will always remain grateful to Chelsea staff and fans. “It was a long week. Mentally, it was complicated. It was hard to leave Chelsea and I’ll always be grateful, but at the same time I was joining a great club. I spent virtually the whole time at home with my family, trying to stay calm, waiting, watching time pass, watching films and series, checking the phone. I went to the gym to make sure I didn’t lose shape, because I hardly trained [with the team].”
Ryan Giggs is the interim boss at Manchester United and Mata feels he is the one of the most respected person at Old Trafford.
“He’s calm, shy. He’s not a big talker but when he does talk people listen. When you’ve been here for 20 years, when you know United intimately and what it takes to win, you command respect. He said: ‘I’m taking charge for four weeks’, we’re going to try to do things the right way. I know the ability this team has and I’m going to ensure everyone has a fair chance. We have to be aware that we’re representing an enormous club with millions of people behind it.'”