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Mata backs United’s new crop of young players

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Juan Mata has given his seal of approval and support of the new batch of Manchester United Youth players emerging in the first team.

United are preparing to face the unknown quantity of Astana of Kazakhstan in the UEFA Europa League.

Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has hinted at using several of the emerging talents from the youth ranks. They will hopefully help with the burden of a Thursday night game and then the Premier League at the weekend.

Juan Mata decided to sign a new deal at United this summer. 

The plan is to not only play but assume the role of mentor to many of the prodigious talents believes they are more than up to the task.

In an interview reported by ESPN Mata said of the young players coming up:

“I very much like them, I could speak about every one of them.”

“Gomes — very talented. You can see he’s a real football player: vision, decision-making, quick on his feet.”

“Chong is a proper winger. Very quick one-against-one, a very nice left foot, and a great shot.”

“Jimmy Garner I like very much. Composure, personality on the ball, good shot, good decision-making. He touches the ball just the times he needs to.”

“As a midfielder that’s important — not just to retain the ball a lot, but to make it move quicker, and he does it so much.”

“Mason is a very good finisher, both legs. You can’t really tell if he’s right-footed or left-footed, which is a very good quality for a striker.”

“All of them have been training with us for a long time and they developed a lot in preseason.”

The Red Devils host Astana this Thursday, before a trip on Sunday to East London to face West Ham United.

Mata thinks of the team sticks together and trusts each other they can meet their goals.

He added:

“If we want to get our objectives, we need to stick together, managers, players, and fans.”

“There’s many people on the outside enjoying it when Manchester United don’t win.”

“It’s key for us to stick together as a whole.”

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PERTH, AUSTRALIA – JULY 17: Marcus Rashford, Juan Mata and Mason Greenwood of Manchester United celebrate a goal during a pre-season friendly match between Manchester United and Leeds United at Optus Stadium on July 17, 2019 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)