Juan Mata is often referred to as the nicest guy in football but the Spaniard has been full of praise for the qualities his manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, possesses. As reported by the Evening News, Mata has listed when Solskjaer’s start to life as United manager has gone so well.

The first thing I will say about him is he is a great human being. He’s a great man. And you can see that since day one. Obviously he’s a legend of the club, he’s been a player and he’s done great things, but his mentality, his way of communicating, his positivity since he came. He was very encouraging for all of us and all the fans and people who love Manchester United. So I’m very happy for him when he got the permanent job because I think he embodies what Manchester United is and he is a great person, so perfect.

Mata’s contract expires at the end of this season and, while there has been talk of him being offered an ambassador’s role in the future, is reluctant to talk about his future playing career with a big game against Barcelona on the horizon.

I don’t think right now is a good moment to speak about it. Because I prefer to put the team before myself and what we are going to face now is important enough to be focused only on that. There have been some rumours about myself and other teammates over the last week, so I’m not the one who is going to put more questions or raise more comments with what I say.

So I prefer to put the team before me and focus on the important task that we have ahead, which is Barcelona. And that’s it. I’m sure the fans prefer that because we all want to beat Barcelona, we want to have our heads focused on Barcelona. And, again, I don’t want to raise any more noise that, to be fair, in the last weeks there has been quite a lot.