Juan Mata is a fan favourite at Manchester United.
The diminutive Spaniard’s future looked in doubt when Jose Mourinho turned up at Old Trafford. After all, Mourinho was the manager who cast him out of Chelsea.
But Mata’s technique and work ethic saw him become an integral player in Mourinho’s side, chipping in with some stellar performances. And the Spain playmaker has assembled a formidable all-time Manchester United XI – but he’s missed one player who many would have included: Roy Keane.
Take a look at the side he selected:
Keane isn’t the only big name to miss out. Gary Neville and Denis Irwin missed the cut due to Mata’s decision to play three at the back, and the likes of Gary Pallister, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Dwight Yorke, George Best and Sir Bobby Charlton were also left out.
“I think it’s a great team,” Mata told Virgin Money. “I think we have a mix of everything. Obviously, we have very quick players and the right foot of David Beckham is maybe the best.
“We have a lot of goals and magic, and great defenders both with and without the ball. And then we have the best goalkeeper.
“I’m proud of my team!”
Here’s the full video.