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Juan Mata says lady luck was not on David Moyes' side during his time at Manchester United

Modified 12 Nov 2014, 21:22 IST
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David Moyes sits beside Juan Mata at his introductory press conference.

Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata has claimed that David Moyes didn’t have luck on his side during his one year stint with the Red Devils, whilst speaking with Cadena Cope.

The Spaniard has finally had a say about the former Manchester United manager.  Moyes brought Mata to Old Trafford last January for a reported fee of €44.7m from Premier League rivals Chelsea. However, the ex-Everton manager’s time at Manchester was cut short after the Red Devils finished last season in 7th place. The finish was United’s lowest in the league during the Premier League era.

The Spaniard, unlike many Manchester United faithful had a rather sympathetic view on Moyes’ reign at the Theatre of Dream as the Scot prepares for his latest challenge after being named the manager for La Liga outfit Real Sociedad.

Speaking to the Spanish media, the former Valencia midfielder said: “He is a Coach who had no luck here at Old Trafford. He didn’t get the results we wanted and left sooner than I expected,” maintained the 26-year-old, who admitted he will always be grateful to Moyes for bringing him to United.

“Obviously, replacing Sir Alex Ferguson was never going to be easy, not for him or anyone, but although I was with him for only a few months I’ll always be grateful as he played a key role in my move to United.

“He was the one who called me, who welcomed me, and the one who gave me the confidence to come here.”

The Spanish internation is in fact convinced that David Moyes’ stint with Real Sociedad, which is due to start following the international break will bear fruits for the Basque club.

“I wish him all the best. My experience with him was very good and he did well at Everton. He works hard and prepares really well for games

“I have some great friends at La Real, such as Esteban Granero, and I also want the best for him. I hope he does well as Real Sociedad is a club with loads of history and a fantastic stadium.


“They also have a great team, with some especially good strikers, so I think he can settle in and be a success.

“San Sebastian is a place where you can live really well,” he added.

Published 12 Nov 2014, 21:20 IST
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