Manchester United newbie happy with controversial role

Manchester United star Juan Mata has insisted that he is happy to play in a wide role under David Moyes.

The Spanish playmaker arrived in a club record £37.1 deal from Chelsea last month after growing frustrated at a lack of playing time in West London.

Despite being most comfortable in a central role just behind the main striker, Mata has been used from a wide position by his new manager.

United’s results have been poor, prompting talk that Moyes is not fully utilising his expensive star.

However, Mata says that he is content to play wherever he is asked to, and says that he is comfortable operating from the flank.

“I don’t mind playing anywhere the manager tells me. I am happy there, I am very happy. I am enjoying my football, I am getting minutes on the pitch, I am in a very, very big club and I hope we finish the season well,” Mata told The Mirror.

Mata went on to say that he is settling well at Old Trafford, and that his new team-mates are helping him to fit in.

“David De Gea has helped me settle, the same with Chicharito, Valencia, and Rafael, who speak Spanish – but everyone has helped me,” he added.

“People like Giggs have been here for many years. There’s Rooney and Van Persie, they have all treated me phenomenally well.”

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