Juan Mata has given an interview with United We Stand where he has echoed the sentiments of Ander Herrera a few weeks ago, claiming that he wishes he could be in an away end with Manchester United fans.
“That would be great,” he said. “The away fans are unbelievable and that’s something that I tell other Spanish players. They are with the team until the end. At every away game, you feel that one stand is almost yours and the people in it support you no matter how the game goes or where it is, even faraway places like Southampton on Monday night when people will need to take time off work. When I scored at Anfield, I went straight to the travelling fans. It was crazy, but wonderful. So yes, one day I’d love to be in there and feel how they feel, sing how they sing.”
Mata also discussed how loyal the fans are at United compared to his experiences in Spain, with the team still being cheered on despite the dreadful results and performances under David Moyes.
“We finished seventh in my first season at United,” he continued. “That wasn’t enough, yet the team still did a lap of honour at Old Trafford after the final game and the fans still applauded us. That just wouldn’t happen in Spain at a huge club where expectations are as high as they are at United.”