“I think Solskjaer values my experience” – World-cup winning midfielder drops hint about his Man Utd future

By | March 29, 2020

Manchester United playmaker Juan Mata has insisted that he has no intention of retiring from football any time soon and believes that his experience can help him to be a mentor to young players at Old Trafford and claims that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has his back.

The Spaniard is now the oldest outfield player in the Red Devils squad at Old Trafford, with only keeper Lee Grant and Sergio Romero are older than Juan Mata.

The 31-year-old’s current deal with the Red Devils expires next summer, however, they do have the option to extend that by a further 12 months and Spanish playmaker Juan Mata suggested that his experience can be an asset to Norwegian manager.

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

“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.

Mata joined the Red Devils from their direct Prmeier League rivals, Chelsea, back in 2014 and has since played 249 games for the club, directly taking part in 90 goals.