Mata, who joined the Red Devils for £37 million from Chelsea, entered David Moyes' radar around a month ago, as noted by the boss during his chat with the press:
Moyes on Mata deal: "I'm thrilled. I got wind a month or so ago that it could be a possibility. I never really believed I'd pull it off."— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 27, 2014
The Spaniard is Moyes' second dabble into the transfer market since becoming United's boss, but he'll hope Mata can settle quicker than Marouane Fellaini, who has struggled since his move from Everton.
Moyes took a moment to thank Ed Woodward, United's often under-fire executive vice-chairman, for finalising the deal:
More from Moyes: "When we heard Juan would be available we went after him. Congratulations to the club and Ed Woodward for getting it done."— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 27, 2014
Mata has the ability to positively impact the champions' struggling season, as right now, the side are six points away from a Champions League spot.
Although he isn't the defensive midfielder United so desperately crave, Mata's creativity will freshen up a team that has only scored more than a single goal once in their last four Premier League games, per WhoScored.com.
The two-time Chelsea Player of the Year acknowledged the difficult situation United currently find themselves in but drew upon the club's famous unwillingness to die:
Juan Mata on #mufc: "What I like most about this club is the character. This club fights to the end and comes back from difficult moments."— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 27, 2014
Mata confirmed he is looking forward to playing alongside Wayne Rooney, a player who could have joined him at Chelsea during the summer, as reported by Ben Smith of BBC Sport during the August 2013 transfer saga:
Mata relishes @WayneRooney link-up. “He's one of the best players in this country's history. I'll try to connect with him as much as I can."— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 27, 2014
Instead, Rooney has reportedly entered talks to sign a new contract with the club, as noted by Sky Sports.
Both United's new signing and the potential long-term commitment of Rooney pointed toward a bright future for the Red Devils, a notion galvanised by Moyes when he confirmed the club is looking to bring in further talent across the coming year:
David Moyes on further signings after Mata: "There'll be more players like Juan in the future. There's no doubt about that." #mufc— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 27, 2014
Many supporters are awaiting the return of Rooney and Robin van Persie after their niggling injuries have dampened United's chances of making the top four.
Moyes confirmed the duo have trained ahead of Jan. 28's match with Cardiff City, as has Fellaini:
An attacking triumvirate of Mata, Rooney and van Persie looks extremely exciting, especially when you consider the trio are amongst the most creative Premier League players of recent times, as noted by OptaJoe:
3 - Three of the top six players for PL goals+assists since Aug 2011 now play for Man Utd (RVP 83, Rooney 71 & Juan Mata 45). Firepower.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 25, 2014
United fans are likely to see Mata in the red shirt for the first time during the Old Trafford outing against Cardiff, where he will be keen to impress.