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Juan Mata's Birthday Blog and Selfie Fun Suggests Manchester United Happy Again

Manchester United's Juan Mata, left, celebrates with teammate Ashley Young after scoring his second goal against Norwich City during their English Premier League soccer match at Old Trafford Stadium, Manchester, England, Saturday April 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Jon Super)
Jon Super
Mark PattersonUK Staff WriterDecember 10, 2016

Juan Mata's weekly blog, written for the day that the Spain and Manchester United playmaker turns 26, suggests that life is pretty good at Old Trafford after the tumultuous events of last week.

A week that began with David Moyes being axed as manager ended with interim boss Ryan Giggs overseeing a 4-0 home victory over Norwich City, with substitute Mata coming on and scoring twice.

The Spaniard stopped for a selfie with a fan in the aftermath of the victory:

@juanmata8 took my phone to do this. Legend

— JRV (@JordRV) April 26, 2014

Mata reflected that he wished the season could be longer, writing in his weekly column which appears on

The season goes on, although just for three more games, which makes me kind of sad because I'm feeling really good and I would love this Premier League to last a few more weeks.

Lastly, by the time you read these lines it will be already 28 April! I came to this world on a day like this 26 years ago, time flies! 

Mata also had a few words for Moyes following the latter's departure from Old Trafford:

Obviously, I don't want to forget that, since the beginning of the week, David Moyes is no longer our manager. I wish him and his technical staff the best of luck in the future, and I do thank him for his continuous interest in me and his importance during my transfer to become a Manchester United player.

It's too early to say whether the Red Devils are about to turn a corner, but it certainly seems as if the mood around the club has improved, and United will hope that Mata is at the heart of a resurgence next season.

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