Why Juan Mata misses ex-teammate Ander Herrera

Why Juan Mata misses ex-teammate Ander Herrera

Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata has admitted missing playing with Ander Herrera.

Herrera joined Paris Saint-German last summer ending a five-year eventful stay at Old Trafford that saw him make 189 appearances notching 20 goals.

The Spaniard helped Red Devils win an FA Cup, Europa League and League Cup trophies during his stay in Manchester and also claiming the Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year award in 2017, beating Zlatan Ibrahimovic to the prize.

Speaking in a fan Q&A on United's official website, Mata revealed Herrera was one of his best friends.

“Yeah, yeah I do. I do miss him on the pitch but also in the dressing room and outside," Mata explained. 

 "We were seeing each other after training for lunch, dinner, to watch football together, so of course I miss him. He's a very good friend; I'm still in touch with him very often. He's very happy in Paris."

Mata also compared the 30-year-old to the in-form Bruno Fernandes who joined United in January from Sporting Lisbon.

"When you understand football in the same way, I think it's enjoyable to play with someone like him or with someone like Bruno [Fernandes] now. You always miss them when you don't play with people like this.”

Herrera - who was a popular figure among the United faithful - has since made 18 appearances for PSG prior to the coronavirus pandemic shutting down football across Europe.

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