Michael Carrick has hailed Juan Mata as Manchester United’s “little magician” ahead of the Spaniard’s one year anniversary at the club.
Mata arrived at the club last January in a then record £37.1 million transfer from Chelsea, with the whole process widely covered on United’s social accounts.
The Spaniard has scored 11 goals and provided 7 assists for the Old Trafford club in 35 games and Carrick has been impressed by his ability to open up defences.
“He’s just a little magician, isn’t he? So clever and with so much ability – he’s a pleasure to watch,” Carrick told MUTV.
“Playing against him over the years, I knew how good he was and we see it in training every day; some of the things he does really stand out.
“That left foot of his can open up any defence and, despite having such a slight physique, he’s a terrific player.”
Carrick reckons that Mata’s ability to speak English has been very helpful as he has helped new signings settle down at the club.
“I have to say he’s such a nice lad. He speaks English very well and is very intelligent,” Carrick added.
“He’s even had a little job of translating [for the Spanish contingent] this year!”
Written by Jash Mehta [@the_manutd_blog]