Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata has revealed that he planned to get on the score sheet against Wolves in order to dedicate the goal to his late mother.
Mata’s mother, Marta Garcia, passed away in March following a battle with a long-term ‘
The Spanish midfielder hasn’t played much for Manchester United this season and when he was finally given the chance, he netted the match-winning goal against Wolves on Sunday in the Premier League.
Anthony Elanga had opened the scoring with a top-class header but his effort was turned behind after Nelson Semedo got on the end of what was said to be a superb team play from Wolves.
After the match, Juan Mata told MUTV: “I have had the most difficult season in my life, for sure. I wanted to score for my mother and, thankfully, I did it.
“So this goal, and every goal that I score from now on, is going to be for her.”
Because he didn’t get enough playing time under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the recently concluded Premier League campaign, the Spaniard could be looking to exit the club at the end of the season.
Mata doesn’t know if he will be at Old Trafford next season but he maintains that he is mentally and physically happy at the moment.
“I don’t know,” Juan Mata told BT Sport. “We have a very important game in three days which is where my mind is at the moment, but I still feel I can play good football and give a lot to the team and for many years enjoy playing football like today.
“It is not the moment to speak about it. I know what I want and I’m happy with how I feel physically and mentally. I’m still hungry to play football for some years. The club knows that so let’s see.”