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Juan Mata

26-Year-Old Midfielder     Manchester United  Premier


Birthdate:  April 28, 1988    Birthplace:  Villafranca Montes de Oca, Spain    Nationality:  Spain    Height:  5' 7"    Weight:  139 lbs    

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Mata was rested for Friday's FA Cup match against Cambridge United, and manager Louis van Gaal confirmed after the match that the midfielder has no injury, according to Henry Winter of the Daily Telegraph.

Man U failed to break through in the scoreless draw, which they'll re-play either Feb. 2 or 3. Given the extended rest, Mata is fully expected to be in the squad to face Leicester City on Jan. 31 when Premier League play picks up again.

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December 26, 2014

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Mata assisted on one of Wayne Rooney's two goals during Manchester United's 3-1 win over Newcastle on Boxing Day.

Angel Di Maria picked up a new injury this week in training, which allowed Mata to continue to be in the starting XI, including taking many of United's free kicks. Mata now has five goals and three assists in 15 games this season, including two goals and two assists in his last five ties. With Di Maria's return date uncertain, Mata could see plenty of playing time in the coming fixtures, starting with Sunday's trip to White Hart Lane to face Spurs.

December 15, 2014

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Mata had a goal and an assist during Manchester United's 3-0 win over Liverpool on Sunday.

Mata now has three goals and an assist in his last five appearances, though his spot in the starting XI may not be as secure, with Angel di Maria expected back soon from injury, which would take Mata off of United's free kicks.

December 2, 2014

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Mata scored the match winner off a free kick in the 59th minute of Manchester United's 2-1 win over Stoke City on Tuesday.

Mata's goal came on his only shot of the game, but he's now netted in two of his last three appearances. Unfortunately, he's taken only three shots over that span, so it's tough to rely upon that kind of conversion rate carrying over into additional matches. With Angel di Maria slated to return soon, Mata's days of taking the free kicks are numbered.

November 8, 2014

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Mata came on for Adnan Januzaj in the 63rd minute and then scored four minutes later to give Manchester United a 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace on Saturday.

Mata continues to move in-and-out of the United starting XI, which makes him a very inconsistent fantasy option. That being said, he's been fairly productive in his limited time, now with three goals and one assist in nine appearances.

October 3, 2014

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Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal intimated Friday that Mata could start Sunday's Premier League match against Everton with Wayne Rooney out due to a red-card ban.

Van Gaal didn't flat out say that Mata would start, but he was the only player mentioned as possible replacements for the No. 10 role. Mata lost his spot in the starting XI when van Gaal decided to start Rooney, Robin van Persie and Falcao together, but Mata will get another chance at redemption for at least the next three matches.

September 21, 2014

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Mata is available off the bench for Manchester United's Premier League match at Leicester City on Sunday.

Despite scoring a goal in last weekend's match against QPR, Mata is moved to the bench this week in order to get Falcao into the starting XI. That situation could become a regular occurrence, which only reduces Mata's fantasy potential.

September 16, 2014

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Mata scored in the 58th minute of Manchester United's 4-0 win over QPR on Sunday.

Mata now has two goals in four Premier League matches this season, and while he stared alongside Angel di Maria on Sunday, he could potentially lose his spot in the starting XI when manager Louis van Gaal decides not to have Falcao come off the bench any more.