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Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has tasked Juan Mata with helping to “reshape the culture” of the squad.
This season Mata has played in four Premier League matches. The 31-year-old is one of the oldest United players along with Ashley Young. He is approaching his sixth anniversary at Old Trafford and has played under all five coaches since Alex Ferguson’s retirement in 2013.
When the midfielder held a two-year contract at the end of the last season, he was told by Solskjaer he would have a new role in team.
“When we spoke to Juan about the contract extension, I spoke to him about he’s not going to play every game. He’s going to be very, very important in reshaping the culture of the group, of the team. He will play his share of games. He’s played in the Premier League, in the cup. Juan is the type of player who needs movement around him and he got that tonight. I thought you saw a better Juan and the way we can use him,” told the United boss.
The Red Devils have won three times and had a draw in their Europa League season, while they are sitting on the 10th place in the Premier League table with just three wins.
United are going to face their next rivals, Brighton, on Sunday.