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Juan Mata

26-Year-Old Midfielder     Manchester United  Premier


Spain

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

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Mata scored on his only shot attempt during Manchester United's 4-2 win over Manchester City on Sunday.

Mata has been in excellent form of late, scoring three goals and picking up one assist in his last three games. He's clearly won the starting spot ahead of Angel Di Maria and will be a big piece of the attack in his return to Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

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April 4, 2015

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Mata took two shots and assisted on Ander Herrera's second goal during Manchester United's 3-1 win over Aston Villa on Saturday.

Mata continues to play very well, as he now has two goals and an assist in his last two games. While manager Louis van Gaal always seems to be tinkering with his starting lineup, it seems like a tough decision to move Mata back to the bench at this point. The diminutive Spaniard now has seven goals and four assists in 26 league appearances this season.

March 22, 2015

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Mata scored two goals during Manchester United's huge 2-1 win over Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday.

Mata got his second consecutive start and was easily one of the best players on the pitch Sunday. Angel Di Maria, who usually starts in front of Mata, came off the bench after halftime, but with the way Mata played, it would be surprising if he was relegated to a reserve role after the international break.

January 23, 2015

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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.

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.