Giggs tips Mata to become a Man Utd legend
Manchester United’s playing legend Ryan Giggs believes Juan Mata has a bright future at Old Trafford. The Welsh winger has tipped the Spain international to become one of the greatest players at the club.
Mata, who was signed in during the January transfer window for 37.1 million pounds from Chelsea, has played in two Premier League games for Manchester United and provided an assist in each game.
Giggs, who is the most celebrated player for Manchester United, has notched 959 appearances for his childhood club claims Mata has great potential. The playing-coach believes Mata will enter Manchester United’s Hall of Fame if the Spain international keeps up his standards for the club.
“I think he could. He's obviously got the talent,” Giggs told MUTV. “I don't want to put too much pressure on him, but I don't see why not. I think that coming here will help him with regards to playing for Spain as well, if he is playing week in and week out [for United].
“Spain have got a great side, so if we have a regular Spanish player within Manchester United, it will be great because they are such a good team at the moment.”
Giggs also revealed that Mata’s arrival had given a huge morale boost to the Manchester United camp. Manchester United’s abysmal form this season hasn’t given the club time settle down in the Premier League.
Mata, whose transfer broke the transfer fee record for Manchester United, has been in good form since making the switch. Giggs insists Mata has delivered the impact he was supposed to bring to Manchester United.
“The players are just like the fans,” Giggs said. “When they see a quality player come through the door, it gives them that excitement and you feel it around training. It gives everybody a lift.
“He has fitted in well. Obviously, we've played against him for the last three years and know the quality he has got. He's fitted in straight away and speaks really good English -- better English than most of the lads.”
Manchester United are currently seventh on the Premier League table, seven points away from fourth-placed Liverpool. The Premier League champions are struggling to acquire a Champions League berth for next season. By the looks of it the Red Devils will not be in the coveted European tournament next season even if Mata stars in each match for the rest of the season.