The Manchester United man tells why Monday night football is not his preferred day to play.
You would think a player now in his 30’s, would like the idea of an eight-day rest in between games. Oh no, not Juan Mata.
Perhaps it is this kind of mentality and attitude that prompted Manchester United to prioritise keeping the veteran Spaniard over his younger counterpart Herrera.
His mentality, psychology, and experience is not something that can be bought, nothing but experience brings these kinds of traits.
This is something Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be looking to his veterans to help instill in his young team.
“Truthfully, it feels better to watch other games after you’ve already played yours and won.”
“So you can enjoy the rest of them knowing that you’ve done your job. Playing on Monday means that you have to wait.”
“After winning our first league game, we want to extend our good start, although we know that visiting Wolves is always tough.”
“Without needing to look back too far, last season we experienced it on more than one occasion.”
“They are a very hard working team who always compete well against the ‘big teams’.”
It has been said, to succeed in football, you don’t just play it, you have to live it. Solskjaer has been talking about installing a new level of commitment.
Here is what Mata does in his extra time. He writes:
“As you can imagine, I’ve had plenty of time to watch quite a lot of games after training sessions.”
“In fact, on Saturday, David [De Gea] and I had a footballing marathon of five games.”
“Arsenal vs Burnley, Manchester City vs Tottenham.”
“Celta Vigo vs Real Madrid, Racing Santander vs Málaga (I wanted to watch my friend David Lombán) and Elche vs Fuenlabrada (David wanted to watch Elche, the team he has supported since he was little).”
“We also watched a little bit of Real Zaragoza vs Tenerife, as we wanted to see the debut of our good friend Kagawa in Spain… hopefully, he enjoys some good luck there.”