Manchester United Transfer News: Juan Mata Brings Pure Class to Old Trafford

Michael WadeAnalyst IIIJanuary 28, 2014

Juan Mata shows off the No. 8 shirt he will wear for Manchester United.
Juan Mata shows off the No. 8 shirt he will wear for Manchester United.Associated Press

Juan Mata continued to show his classy side as he was unveiled as a Manchester United player on Monday.

The Spain international left Chelsea in order to increase his playing time ahead of the World Cup, but after being frozen out at Stamford Bridge, the playmaker didn't have a bad word to say about Chelsea.

During his two full seasons as a Blues player, Mata was twice named the club's Player of the Season as he helped them to win the Champions League, Europa League and FA Cup.

A Chelsea fan thanks Juan Mata for his contribution.
A Chelsea fan thanks Juan Mata for his contribution.Ian Walton/Getty Images

And after releasing a letter through his personal website in order to say goodbye to the Chelsea fans he had become so attached to, per James Gheerbrant in the Independent, Mata continued his charm offensive when meeting reporters for the first time as United player.

When asked about Chelsea, Adam Shergold of the Daily Mail quotes Mata as saying:

Looking at the last six months, I wasn't playing a lot - it is a new challenge for me. I can clear my mind and take the chance I have. This was a massive chance to carry on my career in England.

Ben Smith of BBC Sport claimed Mata is as good at dodging tough questions as he is defenders:

It was hard not to be impressed by Juan Mata at Manchester United's Carrington training ground. The Spaniard swerved around every awkward question and looked genuinely delighted to be a United player, while always remaining complimentary and respectful about his former employees.

It is still not clear where Mata will line up for United, but that doesn't bother the former Valencia man one bit, and he insists he can play in the same side as Wayne Rooney.

Mata took the opportunity to tell Rooney, whom Sky Sports report is close to signing a new contract at Old Trafford, how much he admires him. "For me he's one of the best players in the history of this country. He's an unbelievable player. He's a striker who can score, assist and come into midfield to take the ball."

Between the two of them, United can be confident of climbing the Premier League table and getting closer to the Champions League than they currently are.

United currently sit six points behind fourth-placed Liverpool with 16 games to go, giving them plenty of potential to make up the ground on the teams in front of them.

If Mata can go some way to recreating the form which saw him score 21 and assist 29 in 60 games for Chelsea last season, per ESPN FC, then they will have a player to strike fear into their opponents.

He is expected to figure in some capacity for United when they take on Cardiff in the Premier League on Tuesday evening, so now it is just a case of finding out how quickly he can dazzle on the pitch.