Juan Mata will be keeping his eyes on the prize when Manchester United play Southampton in an English Premier League, EPL on Monday night.
The former Valencia of Spain midfielder admits that the game will be more special than most for him, due to the man in the home dugout. "It’s going to be a special reunion, since Ronald Koeman was my manager in Valencia when I won my first title as a professional footballer: the Copa del Rey, he was very important in my career because he gave me confidence and I played regularly, which is what every young player needs in his early years," he wrote in his blog.
But Mata has memories of St Mary's with United too. The Spaniard curled in a free-kick to help earn the Reds a draw on the final day of the season and end his campaign on a high. He has continued to contribute to the scoresheet this year, earning crucial points for his team with four goals from 11 league games. Louis van Gaal's team have won four in a row since their derby defeat at the start of November and can go third with a victory over the Saints. And Mata says the Reds are not looking back.
"Our position in the Premiership table is now better after defeating Stoke in Old Trafford last Tuesday," he said.