Every year, RoM brings out a season preview to help raise money for Trafford Macmillan. To date, we’ve managed to raise over £6k for this great cause.
Brilliant writers and journalists volunteer their time for free and a former player, from Gary Neville to Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt to Mikael Silvestre, agree to be interviewed free of charge.
This year we have our first interview with a current player, Juan Mata. When he was told about what we were trying to do and asked whether he would be involved, he didn’t hesitate.
Scott: How proud are you of the work you’ve done for Common Goal?
Mata: I feel very happy with the fact that so many people has liked and supported the movement and joined us to try to make this world a more balanced place to be thanks to our beloved sport.
Scott: David de Gea and Ander Herrera are two of your good friends at United. How important is it to play alongside friends?
Mata: It is important to have a great atmosphere in the dressing room within us so to play with friends like David and Ander is great.
Scott: How important do you think it is for the club to bring through players from the academy?
Mata: It has always been a very important matter for the club to bring players for the academy. I am so happy that players like Marcus or Jesse are doing so well with us, they give hope to all the kids in our academy.
Scott: What would constitute a successful season for United in 2018-19?
Mata: We always try to improve and we would love to keep winning trophies for our fans. Hopefully at the end of the season we can say that it was a very good one!
Scott: You’re five years away from a testimonial at United. Would you like to see that happen and do you think it will?
Mata: (Laughs) I haven’t thought about that, but I feel good and think that there are still some years of football in my legs and head, so maybe!