Juan Mata says he still has a lot to offer Manchester United.

  • Midfield playmaker Mata believes United boss Solskjaer values his 'knowledge' and 'experience'.

  • United have one of the youngest squads in the Premier league after Solskjaer moved older players - like Alexis Sanchez, Antonio Valencia, Ashley Young, and Marouane Fellaini - out of the club in the past year.

Juan Mata says he still has a lot to offer Manchester United.[Getty]

Juan Mata is overly convinced he can still play an integral role in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side at Manchester United.

The former Valencia and Chelsea attacking midfielder is the oldest outfield player in the Red Devils squad following the departures of Alexis Sanchez, Antonio Valencia, Ashley Young, Marouane Fellaini in the past year.

Goalkeepers Lee Grant, 37, and Sergio Romero, 33, are the only players older than Mata, whose current contract ends in 2021 - with the option to extend a year further.

However, the Spaniard, who wishes he was a 20-year-old, insists he can still play a part going forward at Old Trafford.

“I would enjoy it more to be 20 years old,” said Mata. “I think it’s good because it makes you see football in a different way, with more perspective and, of course, with more experience.

“I feel young, honestly, in my body and in my mind. But obviously I've been playing in a club, and in English football and professionally for 12, 13 years now.

“So that gives me experience, especially in difficult situations, to behave in a certain way or give advice to the young players.

“I think Ole values that also. Me as a player, what I can give on the pitch, but also that I will try my best off the pitch for the new players that come, like right now Bruno [Fernandes] and Odion [Ighalo] and for the youngsters that come through the academy.

“You come as a youngster from the academy, like Marcus Rashford came in the beginning. He was shy and now he's more mature.

“I think it's important to have this balance in a team where you have the energy and enthusiasm of the youngsters and the experience and the knowledge of the experienced ones, not the older ones.”



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