Manchester United star Juan Mata hits out at "lies" concerning relationship with Jose Mourinho
In-form Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata has denied reports saying that he had issues with current Red Devils manager Jose Mourinho. The Portuguese manager was in charge of Chelsea when he sold Mata to United for £37 million in January 2014, with a huge speculation that Mourinho's arrival at Old Trafford would see the Spaniard leaving.
But now already emerging as a new revelation for a struggling Manchester United in midfield, Mata has laughed at reports which claim that he had a rift with the Special One at Chelsea.
"My relationship with Mourinho has never been bad," Mata said. "Many lies were told about me and Mourinho when he arrived at the club this summer.
"It bothered me that every day I had to read and listen to rumours that were not true. With him I am fine.
"You read a lot of comments on Facebook and Twitter but they just make you laugh.”
The former Chelsea boss also confirmed that Mata himself requested to depart from the Stamford Bridge for Manchester United two years ago and thinks Mata has already adjusted well to his team as a Red Devils player.
Jose Mourinho has been heavily reliant on Mata to deliver this season, as the Special One admitted he is a better player in a Manchester United shirt than the one that left his management at Chelsea. The Portuguese manager had praises for his former player as he excelled in last weekend’s 4-1 win over Leicester City.
The Spaniard has now found the back of the net two times in eight appearances in all competitions so far this campaign and has already committed his future to the club as he sets his sights on winning titles under the new boss.
“I really want to lift titles at Manchester United, the Premier League is a trophy I have never won but I believe we can do it with this group,’ said Mata.
Mata was left out of the Spain squad under new manager Julien Lopetegui on Friday morning. But despite his key glimpses for Manchester United this season, the playmaker will look towards shining once again as the Red Devils host the Potters in the Premier League tomorrow.