Register Login Scores

International

Giggs: Mata Could Become United Great

Manchester United’s record player, Ryan Giggs, believes the club’s record signing, Juan Mata, has the ability to become an Old Trafford great and confirmed the arrival of the Spaniard has lifted the dressing room.

During his days at Valencia, Mata expressed his admiration for Giggs and the 40-year-old has now returned the favour after working with the Spaniard for one-and-a-half week.

In an interview with MUTV, Giggs said he believes Mata could become one of United's greats.

"I think he could be," Giggs said.

"He's obviously got the talent.

"I don't want to put too much pressure on him but I don't see why not.

The ageing midfielder, who partly joined David Moyes’ coaching staff at the beginning of the season, also believes that regular game time at United will help the Spaniard to book his ticket to Brazil.

“I think that coming here will help him with regards to playing for Spain as well, if he is playing week in and week out [for us],” Giggs continued.

“Spain have got a great side so if we have a regular Spanish player within Manchester United, it will be great because they are such a good team at the moment.

Giggs than unveiled that Mata’s arrival has lifted the dressing room at Old Trafford and the 25-year-old Spaniard has fitted in well.

"The players are just like the fans," he added.

"When they see a quality player come through the door, it gives them that excitement and you feel it around training. It gives everybody a lift.

"He has fitted in well. Obviously, we've played against him for the last three years and know the quality he has got.

“He's fitted in straight away and speaks really good English - better English than most of the lads!"

Despite Mata’s arrival and two assists in his first two games, Manchester United conceded another shock defeat against Stoke – the first ever in the Premier League – at the weekend. However, the Red Devils are still in contention to reach the Champions League spots.

Does Mata have what it takes to help United reach the top four? Have your say in the comment section below.

Adam Sinks United

Moyes At A Loss

Mata: United Can Still Win Title

28 comments

Top 5

Chiefs Clear-Out Continues With 7 More…

249 Jul 27, 2021 06:38 PM in Kaizer Chiefs

11 Footballers Who Retired This Year

2 Jul 27, 2021 07:25 PM in World News

Downs Part Ways With Key Figure

46 Jul 27, 2021 03:20 PM in Mamelodi Sundowns

10 Players In Running For 2021 Ballon D'Or

44 Jul 21, 2021 09:25 AM in Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar/Mbappe Watch

Pirates Begin Trimming Squad, Second Exit Imminent

30 Jul 27, 2021 03:00 PM in Orlando Pirates

Exclusive: Zungu Update, Agent Comments On Chiefs Link

83 Jul 28, 2021 03:09 PM in Players Abroad

Downs Part Ways With Key Figure

46 Jul 27, 2021 03:20 PM in Mamelodi Sundowns

CBL: Two Surprise Inclusions For Chiefs

123 Jul 29, 2021 01:01 PM in Soweto Derby

Amakhosi New Boy Enters Naturena Drip Fold

25 Jul 30, 2021 01:00 PM in Drip, Style & Swag

Pitso Targeting Chiefs Starlet?

81 Jul 29, 2021 11:02 AM in Kaizer Chiefs

Chiefs Announce More Contract Business

107 Jul 27, 2021 04:16 PM in Kaizer Chiefs

The Highest-Paid African Stars In The EPL

19 Feb 02, 2021 07:14 PM in English Premier League

Former Pirates Star To Replace R17m Ahly-Bound Star?

16 Jul 27, 2021 08:00 AM in Siyagobhoza

12 Players Who Went Bankrupt

23 Dec 07, 2020 12:34 PM in World News

Pirates Player Exit Imminent...

6 Jul 26, 2021 07:58 PM in Orlando Pirates