Juan Mata is taking part in his first full pre-season for years and is looking forward to being part of the new Manchester United era under Louis van Gaal.
“It will be a different pre-season for me because in the last six or seven years I’ve always had a tournament with the national team and haven’t had a complete pre-season with my team,” said Mata. “So this time I will do the whole tour of the States, which is good for me to prepare for a long and hard season. This is my first pre-season with United and I’m enjoying it. It’s the start of a new era for the club, with a new manager and players coming in. I’m really happy with the manager’s style of football and hopefully at the end of the season we can celebrate something, which would be amazing for him and for us. We’re focused on improving and trying to learn from the manager, to play at our best level during the season. The main idea is to play as a team and compete for titles.”