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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.

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