Juan Mata

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Football becomes really important for you, for us, for lots of people, but life is a different thing. So many people don't like football and they live happily. They don't care what United do, or what Liverpool do. I still get angry when we lose, or when I don't play well. But there are other things in life which are much more important, and seeing the way those kids live, and the way that football has changed their life, it gives you a deeper meaning of what being a professional footballer is.feedback
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Oct 13 2017
We found 44 articles in which Juan Mata said something. The most recent Juan Mata’s quote is: “Sometimes, we get into a routine - training, travelling, playing - and you get into a mind-set which is all very quick, and you don't have time to step back and have that perspective and think, Listen, I am playing for Manchester United, I am very lucky. It gives you a different perspective about how big football is as a force for uniting people.”. In addition, all sources we refer have quoted Juan Mata 116 times. On this page, you will find all of Juan Mata’s quotes organized by date and topic.
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Oct 13 2017

Yeah. But it didn't bother me. The only thing that bothered me was that some people tried to make it bigger than it was. You have to know how he thinks. I do. It was a game where he had six substitutes. I went on to the pitch [in the 63rd minute]. We were winning and in the last two minutes he thought: 'I have one more substitute [Mkhitaryan] so why shouldn't I use him?' He put on the taller guy because he was being practical. I didn't take it personally.feedback

Oct 13 2017

His hunger to win. And he has a clear picture of what he wants. People can disagree but he knows how things should be done. He has a strong character but you have to know him to really appreciate him. Since he came to United we are much closer and I know he loves to compete and win big games.feedback

Oct 02 2017

The three points keep us on top of the table with City.feedback

Oct 02 2017

Last Saturday, we defeated Crystal Palace and I was able to score my first goal of the season, after several games with a few shots against the woodwork. I scored just three minutes into the game in a big play by Marcus [Rashford], who sent the ball back and I managed to put it beyond the goalkeeper's reach at first touch.feedback

Oct 02 2017

Scoring goals has always been an important aspect of my game, although I'm not a striker, and I hope to help the team again this season with as many goals as I can.feedback

Oct 02 2017

It was my 200th game in the Premier League, I'm very proud of reaching these figures and I hope to increase them. I still need to play a few more games to catch [Gareth] Barry!feedback

Oct 02 2017 - Russia

That 1-0 [lead] came pretty soon and it helped us a lot. After a long trip back from Moscow, without much time to recover, the team showed its ambition from the very first minute.feedback

Sep 18 2017

Seeing that respect from our fans in the stadium to our former captain was really moving. It makes you feel proud of belonging to this club.feedback

Sep 18 2017

I think Wayne has still a lot of things to say in football and I wish him the best for the rest of the season.feedback

Sep 18 2017 - Manchester United

We are happy, for sure, but we keep the euphoria away from the dressing room. Inside, we remain calm, with our feet firmly on the ground. We haven't won anything yet, this is just the beginning and with such a busy schedule there's no time to slow down and relax. I want to highlight Wayne Rooney's return to Old Trafford. He's part of the Manchester United legend and the crowd gave him the ovation that he deserves when he was substituted.feedback

Sep 18 2017 - Manchester United

We had a very strong start in the first half – by the way, what a superb goal from Antonio, the goal of the season so far! – and we kept the 1-0 advantage until the last few minutes, when we managed to score more goals to seal the victory. I want to highlight Wayne Rooney's return to Old Trafford. He's part of the Manchester United legend and the crowd gave him the ovation that he deserves when he was substituted.feedback

Sep 18 2017

This coming Wednesday we start the Carabao Cup, a new name for a competition in which we are the defending champions. We will be facing Burton Albion, a Championship club that will visit Old Trafford trying to play a historic game. They have just defeated Fulham and I'm sure they will try to surprise us.feedback

Sep 06 2017

Sometimes football can have a bad reputation but there are great people in football who are trying to help.feedback

Sep 06 2017

It's the second year for the manager, he knows everyone better, we know each other better, so let's try.feedback

Sep 06 2017

Some bad games didn't allow us to win it last year, but we need to find that consistency that can make us fight in the last months and be one of those teams that will be up there.feedback

Sep 06 2017

We're really pleased with our start, but it's only a start. We've won three games with confidence and good football. The final idea would be for the whole professional industry commit, not just the footballers.feedback

Sep 05 2017 - Manchester United

From the first moment we saw him in training, we knew he was someone special.feedback

Sep 05 2017

They will. I'm almost ready to say who. We have more players coming but it is step by step.feedback

Sep 04 2017 - Champions League

The Premier League is back this week and we're going to focus on our visit to Stoke, always a difficult game. After that we will start thinking about the Champions League nights, which are back at Old Trafford, finally.feedback

Sep 04 2017

There have been many rumours about signings here and there before the end of the transfer market. In our case, these days have been relatively quiet, since the squad was closed with Zlatan's return. I'd like to wish the best of luck to Andres Pereira in Valencia, he's a great player and I hope he has a good season and the fans can enjoy it.feedback

Aug 17 2017

He really gets what we're trying to achieve and is the perfect team-mate to have on board at this early stage.feedback

Aug 17 2017 - World Cup

The fact that a World Cup holder - at the peak of his career with one of the biggest clubs on the planet - has chosen to make the pledge shows the power and magic of what we're doing.feedback

Aug 07 2017 - Champions League

When we talk about Real Madrid, we're talking about the actual Champions League winners, which is the best you can win. We have won the Europe League.feedback

Aug 04 2017

It can sound like a cliche, but it's true.feedback

Aug 04 2017

I don't want these to sound like empty words, . The idea is brilliant.feedback

Aug 04 2017 - UEFA

A voluntary act ends up built into the structure of the game, something that's there at all levels. If Fifa and Uefa embrace it, that would be great.feedback

Jul 17 2017

It looks tough to see Alvaro Morata in a Red Devils shirt with the arrival of Romelu. We've signed an important player in attack and it's difficult, although you never know. I think De Gea will stay.feedback

Jul 08 2017 - Champions League

We played very well in the [Europa League] final against Ajax, we won and that has now given us the path into the Champions League.feedback

Jul 08 2017 - Champions League

He knows the coach well and scores a lot of goals, which we hope he will carry on so we can try to win the league.feedback

May 29 2017 - Manchester United

But we are aware of our lack of consistency and effectiveness in the Premier League that prevented us from fighting for the title, which is what Manchester United is supposed to do.feedback

May 29 2017

Personally, I have played over 40 games once again. It's true that I was injured for a month and a half, something that had never happened before in my career, but at the end I was able to enjoy again what I like the most and I finished the season happy.feedback

May 29 2017

I want more, of course, but I'm happy and proud of what we have done along the way.feedback

May 29 2017 - Champions League

Next season we will play the Champions League, which is what this club deserves and where we all want to be.feedback

May 25 2017

I don't know. He was very unlucky with the injury, with the moment of his career to get that injury.feedback

May 25 2017

Today we tried to focus on football for at least 90 minutes, try to win for them and try to lift a little bit the spirit of the city. We feel really proud of that, you know.feedback

May 25 2017

At least people today were a bit happier than those last hours because of the trophy and because we're playing Champions League next season. But you know him, he's a fighter… He will fight to come back for sure, but I don't know where. He was really happy, really proud. He played a big part in this competition, scoring a lot of goals, knowing the final was here in Sweden, his country where he is loved. So it was a special day for him and for all of us.feedback

May 25 2017

It's massive for us.feedback

May 22 2017 - Champions League

The Champions League is the best competition and it's one this club should be playing in every season. Now we are playing in the Europa League and if we win it as I did a few years ago [when Chelsea beat Benfica in 2013], it's a double bonus, as it's a trophy and a Champions League spot, so it's very important for us. [Either way] we still want to play European football. Hopefully it is [in the Champions League on] Tuesday and Wednesdays, instead of Thursdays [in the Europa League], but if it's Thursdays we will play Thursdays and it wouldn't be an excuse not to try to win the title.feedback

May 22 2017 - Manchester bombing 2017

Yes, I'm happy here. I've always said that since I came here it has not been the greatest moment in the club's history. It's been a different approach and a new stage after Alex Ferguson. We've had a few managers, different players coming and going, but I feel really happy to be at this club.feedback

May 22 2017 - Manchester bombing 2017

Obviously you don't have as much time for recovery as you should, and we have lived that this season. But I think the club and the money [they have] will help us try to get a bigger squad and prepare for a different competition.feedback

May 22 2017 - London

It was a joke about how different the weather is here from London, or something like that!feedback

May 22 2017 - Manchester bombing 2017

Yes, I'm happy here. I've always said that since I came here it has not been the greatest moment in the club's history. It's been a different approach and a new stage after Sir Alex Ferguson. We've had a few managers, different players coming and going, but I feel really happy to be at this club. I feel privileged to play for Man United. It is something when I'm old I will always be proud of.feedback

May 22 2017 - Champions League

We'd be round the table together having something to eat and then the TV would be put on and we'd watch the Champions League, . And, yeah, we'd be wishing next season that we are there.feedback

May 22 2017 - Manchester bombing 2017

But [either way] we still want to play European football. Hopefully it is Tuesday and Wednesdays, instead of Thursdays, but if it's Thursdays we will play Thursdays and it wouldn't be an excuse not to try to win the title. Obviously you don't have as much time for recovery as you should, and we have lived that this season. But I think the club and the money [they have] will help us try to get a bigger squad and prepare for a different competition.feedback

May 22 2017 - Manchester bombing 2017

It depends on the day. No, sometimes he can be very funny, especially with the Spanish lads. He speaks Spanish fluently, and he makes jokes normally. He hasn't changed [from my time at Chelsea]. The circumstances have changed, the club, a different squad, but that's it.feedback

May 22 2017 - Champions League

Yeah, it's true. The Champions League is the best competition and it's one this club should be playing in every season. Now we are playing in the Europa League and if we win it as I did a few years ago [with Chelsea], it's a double bonus, as it's a trophy and a Champions League spot, so it's very important for us.feedback

May 22 2017

It's been a long season, but when you have a game like this, the very last game, all the fatigue and tiredness in your legs and body goes away because the desire of playing and winning it is much bigger than any possible fatigue. So for me that is not an excuse. I cannot control what people will think. But I can control myself, and my head is focused on trying to win trophies here and still having a contract here. There are no problems with the manager. So I think people will think less about these things this summer.feedback

May 08 2017 - Champions League

Our options of entering the Champions League through the Premier League have decreased after this week.feedback

May 08 2017

Thank you very much for your messages of support after the defeat, and also for your support during the weeks of my recovery.feedback

Apr 24 2017

As you can imagine, this month has been a bit too long for me due to my injury. I had never been in a situation like this before (I've been very lucky), but the truth is I'm feeling much better now and I hope to be back with the team soon, to try to help in the last spell of the season. I hope so, because that's all I want: being always available to help and to contribute as much as I can, both on and off the pitch. A million thanks for all your messages wishing me a speedy recovery, I'm getting closer!feedback

Apr 05 2017

Personally, I think they're an uncomfortable opponent because they man-mark and they're fast in attack.feedback

Apr 05 2017

You have to be a leader in the good and bad times and try to get the best out of the player. It's complicated, but managing personalities is almost more important than the tactical or the physical side.feedback

Apr 05 2017

It's very important because it's a trophy that United haven't won and it's another route into the next Champions League. We've watched videos and analysed their style of play, which is lively, with talented players and a real defensive intensity. The boss has made it clear what this semi-final means to them, to the fans and the city, so we must be at our best to overcome them.feedback

Mar 30 2017 - Manchester United

It's a reality and we have to adapt ourselves, to give the best we have in the decisive spell of the season. I see these games as a challenge to show all the good things we've been working on, and I hope we can get good results too.feedback

Mar 17 2017 - Champions League

That's our aim. We always want to win every tournament that we are in. The level is very good. But we want to play Champions League next season and this is a way to do that. Well, it was a matter of finishing our chances. In the first half we played great football, but couldn't finish.feedback

Mar 06 2017

All of us felt very frustrated. Unfortunately, we have that sense of deja vu again. We played good football, we created chances, but yet again we weren't efficient enough to turn that into a better score.feedback

Mar 04 2017

This situation is new for me, after having surgery this week, but I feel positive and I'm looking forward to getting well and trying to help the team. Besides, right now, your messages of support are like an extra power for me. Watching a game of your team on TV is not the best possible experience, but I had to do it on Saturday [against West Brom]. It was a shame that we weren't able to get the three points because now we would be in a better position, especially after the draw between Arsenal and [Manchester] City, but we have to keep going.feedback

Mar 04 2017

We had some chances to score that goal that sometimes is so difficult to get, but we couldn't make them. Now we have to focus on the next game, against Everton at home this Tuesday, and try to win this one. At this moment, we're being unlucky in terms of players injured or suspended. I hope the situation gets better from now until the end of the season.feedback

Feb 05 2017

Two big challenges await us this week. First of all we have to visit Celta in the Europa League. I can say, without exaggerating, that they are one of the teams that play better football in Spain, and not only this season. Being back home will be special, but very difficult at the same time. We must perform at our best in order to beat them. Besides, a few days later we will visit another big opponent, Arsenal, with three key points at stake. Every game from now on is a final for us, that's how we face them.feedback

Jan 27 2014

For me he's one of the best players in the history of this country. He's a striker who can score, assist and come into midfield to take the ball. I will enjoy it. For me he's an unbelievable player and I will try to connect with him as much as possible and find the gaps in rival defences. I think that's my best style of play, to get into positions where I can assist the strikers.feedback

Jan 27 2014

To be honest the first two seasons at Chelsea were amazing, I settled down so quickly, the fans were unbelievable for me, the club, everything. The last six months were difficult because I didn't play as much as I wanted but I respect that.feedback

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