MANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Nov 1 – Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata has said that he “feels important” at the club after reports hinted a few months ago that his time at Old Trafford was up.
Mata has scored three times and notched up two assists for United in 13 appearances in all competitions this term.
With Mata starting to have more of an impact, United manager Jose Mourinho made him captain for Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Burnley.
“Too many stories were created,” the Spaniard said. “I’m the one that knows what is going on and nothing was going on.”
The 28-year-old also reiterated that he feels as if he is a valuable member of the squad.
“I do feel that,” he said. “Since I came to United there have been ups and downs but I always felt like an important player under every manager and I am feeling important right now. But I have not had any conversations [with Mourinho] like they say I had.”
As for his relationship with Mourinho, Mata pointed out that he has no issues with the Portuguese tactician.
“I said it before and I say it again, it is a professional relationship. That is it,” he said. “That is why I said so many things were written about him coming with me at the club and what was going to happen. But in my mind I had it clear.
“Your friends and family want to know what is going on but I always told them the same. I am the one that knows what is going on and nothing was going on.”