Man United’s Juan Mata has a pop at Jose Mourinho on the topic of luxury players [The Times]

On Saturday The Times published an in-depth interview with Manchester United’s Spanish midfielder Juan Mata.

Mata made the move from Old Trafford from Chelsea back in 2014, after the midfielder had won the player of the year award twice at Stamford Bridge during his time with the Blues.

At Chelsea, Mata won the FA Cup, the Champions League and the Europa League.

Upon his departure from Chelsea, Jose Mourinho labelled the 27-year-old a ‘luxury’ player as the Special One tried to explain why he’d allowed the £37.1 million transfer to go ahead.

Several years later, Mata took the opportunity to have his say on that luxury comment in his interview with the The Times, and the Man United man hit back at Mourinho. Mata said:

If a luxury player is a player who scores and assists and has good stats, then I’m happy to be a luxury player.

I want luxury players in my team. I like creative players and players who do different things. It’s easy to say certain players are luxuries, especially when you’ve lost a game.

When you lose a certain kind of player – the creative players – always get the blame. I’ve scored as many goals for Manchester United in the Premier League as for Chelsea, but in something like 30 games less.

In terms of scoring and assisting and I’m quite happy with the stats, and stats don’t lie. They are facts.

Mata has been in fine form for Louis van Gaal this season, and the Spaniard has scored seven goals and provided even assists in 2015.

Mata was involved in Man United’s 3-0 win at Everton on Saturday, however he was only used in the first half before he was replaced by Jesse Lingaard at the interval.

A copy of Juan Mata’s interview with The Times this weekend is below.

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