Juan Mata reveals he is a mentor for Manchester United’s new stars

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Mata also believes that boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer values his contribution in helping new additions settle in, with the midfielder remaining heavily involved with the set-up at the club and hungry for silverware.

Juan Mata revealed he welcomes new arrivals and starlets into Manchester United's first team
Juan Mata revealed he welcomes new arrivals and starlets into Manchester United’s first team

The former Chelsea star penned a new contract with United in the summer, but has largely been forced to settle with a bit part role, but Mata, who has been at the club for six years, reveals his influence now extends off the field.

Mata told The Official Manchester United Podcast: ‘I feel young, honestly, in my body and mind. But obviously I have being 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 he (Solskjaer) values that also.

The experienced 31-year-old believes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer values his off-field contributions
The experienced 31-year-old believes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer values his off-field contributions
Mata also revealed that he will give advice to youngsters graduating from United's academy
Mata also revealed that he will give advice to youngsters graduating from United’s academy

‘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 [Igahlo] and for the youngsters that come through the academy like Brandon [Williams], Chongy [Tahith Chong], Angel [Gomes] and Jimmy [Garner].’

Mata is rapidly approaching the 600-game milestone throughout the course of his career, and the Spaniard has lifted almost every piece of major silverware.

His impressive haul includes the World Cup, European Championship and Champions League, but the Premier League remains elusive.

But Mata still believes there is a chance that he will be able to lift the coveted trophy before his retirement.

He added: ‘I would love to win it and of course I want to win it before I finish playing.

The playmaker is hopeful of lifting the Premier League title with United before his retirement
The playmaker is hopeful of lifting the Premier League title with United before his retirement

‘David De Gea always tells me when he arrived here, I think they lost the Premier League by one point in the first season but in the second season they won. He told me it was incredible.

‘And everything was red and it was just unbelievable. I’m counting the days to be able to do that.

‘Maybe I will play until my 50s if needed but if I don’t win it it’s alright also. You know I’m not really obsessed about it, it would be very nice to have won almost everything.

‘When people ask me: “if you have to choose one?” it would be the Premier League.’

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