Manchester United star Juan Mata has revealed he didn’t fear for his future at the club when Jose Mourinho was appointed their new manager over the summer.
The Spanish playmaker was notably forced out of his old club Chelsea during Mourinho’s time in charge, having previously been a key player for the Blues.
That ended up with him moving to United in January 2014, where he again became a focal point of the team, though that looked in some doubt as he was reunited with Mourinho this summer.
Mata insists, however, that he was not overly concerned about losing his place again under the Portuguese tactician and did everything he could to stay calm and focused, which has resulted in him being a trusted member of the squad this season.
‘I do feel an important part of this team,’ he said. ‘Since I came to Manchester United, we had ups and downs but I always felt an important player under any manager, and I feel important now.
‘It is difficult to control everything that goes out and your friends and family are ringing to know what is going on but I always told them the same thing: “Listen, I am the one that knows what is going on, and I know that nothing is going on.”
‘When the manager came in, I was always thinking the same as I always have – I am going to give my best, I believe in myself and I think this can work out.
‘It is a professional relationship (with Mourinho). That is it. That is why, when so many things were said about was going to happen when the new manager arrive, in my mind I had it clear.’
Mata, 28, was even chosen as United’s captain for their game against Burnley at the weekend, a sign of how far he has risen in Mourinho’s estimations.