Juan Mata admitted he and Bruno Fernandes have a special connection on the pitch and explained why he loves playing with the Manchester United midfielder.
Both players linked up to devastating effect during United’s 4-1 win over Newcastle last weekend, with Mata now preparing to face former club Chelsea on Saturday. The Spaniard did not feature in midweek as United beat Paris Saint-Germain 2-1 but Fernandes captained Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side and performed well.
Mata said the pair have a telepathic understanding that makes them a great combination on the pitch.
“I enjoy playing with [Bruno] and with players like him. I think we understand football in the same way,” Mata told MUTV. “We both like to play in spaces and play and move, to create opportunities for our strikers. We understand each other really well on the pitch.
“With one look between us, we know where we want the ball, we know where we’re going to move. Of course, it doesn’t always work but we try to play together because we understand each other really well.”
Mata then looked ahead to the Chelsea contest and admitted United would have to hit the heights of their previous two performances to get a result against Frank Lampard’s side.
“It’s always special for me to play against them. I’ve still got many friends in there,” Mata added. “I know Frank, we were team-mates. I know how good he is as a manager and of course how good he was as a player.
“It will be tough because they’ve got great new players in the squad. They have a big squad, so a lot of players can play and do well. We need to make sure we are ready for that and that we are ready to play at our best level, like the last two games. If we play in that way, I’m sure we will be close to winning.”