Juan Mata: United announced signing

Manchester United have announced they have signed Chelsea midfielder Juan Mata for a fee of 37.1 million pounds.

The 25-year-old has moved to Old Trafford giving Chelsea, who signed him from Valencia in 2011 for 23 million pounds, a profit of around 14 million pounds.

Mata passed his medical -- having been linked with a move last week -- and could make his United debut against Cardiff at Old Trafford on Tuesday.

"Chelsea is a top club and I have many friends there but you cannot turn down the chance to join Manchester United. I look forward to helping the manager and the team be successful in the coming years.

"Today is a very happy day for me, I'm very proud to be here. It's amazing knowing that a club like United is interested in me.

“It’s a massive club. I thought ‘wow’ when I heard of the interest. I know this is a big money deal, I’m confident that everything is going to be ok, I will try my best, and I think everything is going to be right because the squad is very good, the manager is very good, the fans are unbelievable so we have everything to succeed.

"To be honest (the transfer) is a bit surprising but I have to say that I’m really grateful to Chelsea, the owner, to people working at the club and the fans, they voted me the best player of the last two seasons, and I will always be grateful to them. The last six months were difficult for me, I didn’t play as much as I wanted to, I understand that football is a team sport so I respected that situation but now with this position, the chance to come to United was a great moment for me to carry on with my career and to enjoy another massive club.

“David De Gea was texting me the last 5/6 days, ‘when are you coming, when are you landing, are you coming by helicopter or bike’!’ At the end I am here, I am very happy to be here with him, because he is a very good friend, he is an amazing goalkeeper and top guy and he was important for me arriving here.

“Obviously a player like me, who tries to score, assist, tries to be a creative player, it will be amazing for me to play with these kind of players, Rooney, RVP, Adnan, Valencia, Chicharito, Welbeck, all of them, they are amazing, they are top level, so I will try to do the best for the team.

“My best position, first of all playing! Playing, because it’s what I love, to play, and to smell the turf. But after I think I can play in the three positions behind the striker, I’ve managed to play on the left when I arrived at Chelsea, this season I play on the right, last season which probably the best season of my career I played behind the striker but it doesn’t matter as long as I play and the manager wants me to play

“I would like to win the Premier League here, it’s a very special trophy for every player who plays in this country and it would be amazing, and I think at this club you can achieve it because this club is used to winning leagues and I will try my best. Obviously I’m still young and I’ve been lucky to win some trophies but I want to win lots more.

“I’m looking forward to playing my first game, to score, and to be happy, to score is the best feeling you can have in this sport so I hope to score soon.”

Manager David Moyes added: "Juan is one of the finest playmakers in the game today and it's a real pleasure to have secured his signature. He's been instrumental in Chelsea's recent success, with a notable 28 assists and 32 goals in his last two Premier League seasons.

"I have been impressed with the excitement he has shown to be part of the new Manchester United. I know our fans have admired Juan for some time now – he has always played well against us – and I know they will be delighted to see him in the red of United, starting on Tuesday."

The club moved for the World Cup winner earlier this week, while Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has also sold winger Kevin De Bruyne and signed midfielder Nemanja Matic in this transfer window.

Mata scored 20 goals for Chelsea last season but has only made 11 league starts in the current campaign and has not featured since the 3-0 win over Southampton on New Year’s Day. He has scored 33 goals in 133 games for Chelsea in all competitions.

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Mourinho: Juan Mata off to United

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has confirmed that Juan Mata is set to sign for Manchester United having been given permission to meet the club and have a medical.

It is the first time anyone from either club has made any comment on the transfer, with ESPN sources on Wednesday revealing that a 37 million-pound deal had been agreed to take Mata to Old Trafford.

The deal is now in its final stages and should be completed ahead of United's home game with Cardiff City on Tuesday.

Mourinho also revealed the transfer of Mohamed Salah to the club moved very quickly once the "surprise" sale of Mata was agreed, with the Basel player seemingly stolen from under the noses of Liverpool -- just as Willian was in August.

In his press conference ahead of Sunday's FA Cup tie against Stoke City, Mourinho said: “Things are really going in a good direction and I think sooner rather than later things will be finalised."

Asked why Chelsea had taken such a decision over a player so popular, the manager said it was out of “respect” for him.

“I think this club is a special club, it cares with people, and is respectful with the players, especially with the players that wrote the history of the club, and Juan is one of these cases. I think, and I still think, he could be important for us and of course he’s a fantastic player.

"In spite of not playing for us, especially in the last period, he could be a very important player for us but Juan had this fantastic opportunity, another big club wants him, in a country where he loves to be and loves to play.

"It is an offer that is the right offer for us, so in spite of probably many clubs, many boards and many managers who think you shouldn't sell a top player to a rival club, especially not in the same country you play, we feel and we think differently.

"The player deserves respect, deserves to be happy and play where he wants to play, and because the offer is obviously what we consider the right offer for the quality of the player, we allowed him to negotiate with them, and didn’t close the door.

“It’s a good offer. I don’t want to say one more million, one less million, it’s a good offer, respectful to us, respectful to the value of the player that allows us to try to bring in another player, because we need another player.

"We still have fantastic profit on the investment Chelsea made in the past with Juan, and with the two deals, Juan and Kevin de Bruyne [to Wolfsburg], we have put ourselves in a very good position in relation to financial fair play.

“I asked him 'are you really happy to go,' and he was saying 'yes, I am really happy to go,' so after that we have mixed emotions. Here we are all happy, but at the same time we are all sad and I think for him it was a bit the same:  very happy to go from Chelsea to Man United, still in England, still in Premier League, probably with guarantees that he’s going to play, and going to be important player for them.

"We decided not to stop him, it’s good for Juan, good for the Premier League and the offer, with financial terms for us, is the right offer. Compared to what the club played two years ago it is fantastic.”

On Salah, Mourinho confirmed that he has spoken to the player and been told he wants to come to Chelsea, but the “situation is still open.” Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers still believes he has a chance of winning the race for the Egyptian.

"It was a surprise for us Juan was leaving, we were not prepared to make a bid [for Salah] so everything happened very fast. We tried to work on that and see which could be good options for us. So when we try for Salah, we go from zero.

"We didn't even know who the player's agent is. The first step was agreement with Basel... it's subject to a medical."

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Moyes: Wayne Rooney near legendary status

David Moyes feels Wayne Rooney is on the verge of becoming “one of the great legends” at Manchester United as he establishes himself as a leader at the club.

Rooney, 28, has enjoyed a return to form since Moyes replaced Sir Alex Ferguson in the summer, and he was key to Saturday’s 3-1 victory over West Ham United as he dropped deeper to create the chances that won the game.

Moyes said Rooney was “great” in that more withdrawn role and stressed that the England forward is developing an awareness of his influence at the club.

“Do you know what I see more than anything in Wayne? I see leadership. I see somebody who wants to take responsibility for the team. I see somebody who cares for how he plays and how the team plays. More than anything, that is what I see from Wayne,” he told the British media.

“Maybe if he is not quite at the top of his form I will need him to drop in at times and he has no problem doing any of the jobs. He is getting to an age now where he realises he is not a boy any more. He is one of the senior men in the team. He is actually on the verge of being one of the great legends at this club.

“Because of that, I think he is saying: 'I have got to take responsibility for results and for performances and make sure the players are doing it on the pitch.' The players are responding.”

With Robin van Persie currently sidelined with a thigh injury, there is greater responsibility on Rooney to lead the attack, but Moyes has said he will not sign another striker next month and believes Danny Welbeck -- who scored the opener on Saturday -- is now showing his worth.

“The thing levelled at Danny was: ‘Could he score?’ He is beginning to make a contribution to the goal tally, which we want,” he said of the England international, who now has five Premier League goals from 11 appearances this season. “Because of that it is certainly helping Wayne and Robin as well.

“It will give me a headache. We need to get Robin back and we need to have Danny scoring goals because, overall, we have relied a lot on Wayne.”

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Michael Carrick: agrees new United deal

GettyImages: Carrick was named in the PFA's Team of the Year last season.

Michael Carrick is set to sign a new contract at Manchester United after agreeing to an extended deal, according to the Daily Mail.

Michael Carrick has completed 674 passes in the Premier League this term.

Carrick, 32, is currently out for up to six weeks with an Achilles injury but had established himself as a key member of David Moyes’ side, starting 13 of the first 15 games of the season.

And with his current deal set to expire next summer, it looks as though United have moved to keep him at Old Trafford for longer.

The Daily Mail reports his new contract will run until the summer of 2016 and include the option of a further year.

The England international has long declared he is happy at Old Trafford and the expectation has been that a new contract would be finalised at some stage.

The former West Ham midfielder joined the club for 18.6 million pounds from Tottenham in 2006 so, if he sees out his next deal, will have completed a decade of service at Old Trafford.

He has made 333 appearances for United, winning five league titles and the 2008 Champions League.

However, Carrick’s absence could leave United short of central midfielders for Sunday’s trip to Cardiff.

Phil Jones, who partnered him in the middle of the pitch in the 1-0 win over Arsenal, has been ruled out of England’s friendly against Germany with a groin injury while Marouane Fellaini has been delaying surgery on a wrist problem.

Moyes is also waiting to see when Darren Fletcher, who is yet to make a competitive appearance this season, is fit to make his first-team comeback.

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Michael Carrick out until Christmas?

PA Photos Michael Carrick began his career at West Ham before moving to Tottenham and Man United

Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick could be out of action until Christmas as he battles an Achilles injury.

Carrick, 32, has started all but two of United's Premier League and Champions League fixtures this season and has again been their most consistent player in the centre of the park. But after he was forced to pull out of the England squad on Tuesday for the friendlies against Chile and Germany several newspapers are reporting that he faces an extended period on the sidelines.

The loss of Carrick until the festive programme would be a major blow for manager David Moyes who, according to the Guardian, is hoping to tie the player down to a new two-year contract in the near future. Carrick's current deal expires in the summer and Moyes is hopeful of persuading the United hierarchy to abandon their policy of only giving players aged 30 and over a 12-month extension.

Carrick has already insisted that he sees his future at Old Trafford, stating last month. "I'd love to carry on playing as long as possible at this club. It's a fantastic club and I've had great times here. I feel good at the moment. I've just turned 32, so I've got a bit of time yet."

United face Champions League games against Bayer Leverkusen and Shakhtar Donetsk as they look to secure their place in the knockout rounds, plus face Premier League matches against Cardiff City, Spurs, Everton, Newcastle, Aston Villa and West Ham before Christmas arrives - as well as a Capital One Cup quarter-final at Stoke City.

The absence of Carrick is likely to mean 27.5 million pound capture Marouane Fellaini will have to step up and take his chance in the team, having started only two Premier League fixtures so far since his move to Old Trafford from Everton two months ago.

A 16 million pound signing from Tottenham Hotspur in the summer of 2006, Carrick has won over many of his critics after being a largely unsung hero of the United side in recent seasons. He finally gained recognition for his performances when he was nominated for the PFA Players' Player of the Year Award earlier in April, although he did not make the top three in voting which was topped by Gareth Bale, and was in the Premier League team of the season -- as well as being named Manchester United's Players' Player of the Year.

He made his England debut in an international friendly victory over Mexico in May 2001 but has won only 30 more caps over 12 years since making his bow.

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Adnan Januzaj: ready for European bow

David Moyes insists Adnan Januzaj is ready to make his Champions League bow but has stressed he will nurture the 18-year-old gently.

After initially being registered for the UEFA Youth League, the promising forward was added to the senior squad once he became eligible to feature on the club's B list of players. It led to Januzaj being an unused substitute against Real Sociedad at Old Trafford and he will remain in the manager's plans for the trip to San Sebastian.

"He's definitely ready to play [in the Champions League]," asserted Moyes. "He's not got a problem. We're trying to bring the boy along at the right pace if we can. He's not tired and we've not seen any dips in form just now so I'm sure we'll continue using him and he'll definitely be in and around the squad."

There has been plenty of discussion of late about Januzaj's best position but the boss is happy to ensure he can make a positive contribution drifting off the flanks, as opposed to performing in the more central role he occupied against Norwich City last week and in the second half against Fulham.

"In time, his best position may be no.10 but, while he's so young, it's easy to introduce him off the left or off the right," added Moyes. "He's that talented, he can play in several positions and I'm in no hurry to play him as a no.10. I want to keep the reins on him a little bit and keep him disciplined in what he does.

"The boy is working really well and whatever job we give him he's a real talent. I don't want to put too much expectation on the boy, which is why I'll undoubtedly take him out of the team at times during the year so he doesn't get too much [exposure]. But he's got something I've not seen for a long, long time in [terms of] what he can do."

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Adnan Januzaj: proves versatility

Manchester United believe Adnan Januzaj could provide an option in any of the front four positions after he displayed his versatility in Tuesday's 4-0 Capital One Cup win over Norwich.

Adnan Januzaj left Anderlecht for Man United at the age of 16.

The 18-year-old has played most of his first-team football for the club on the left wing but he excelled as a No. 10, in Wayne Rooney’s usual position, in the victory at Old Trafford.

And assistant manager Steve Round feels that the teenager can also operate on the right wing or even feature as the main striker.

"We see him as a No. 7, a No. 10 or  No. 11. He can play [as] any of those three," he said. "You ask our reserve coach and he'd say a No. 9. He played there last season. We are trying to give him as much experience as he can and play him in as many positions. Adnan is coming on from strength to strength."

Wilfried Zaha made a belated first appearance for United at Old Trafford after his summer move from Crystal Palace and Round praised him for his performance.

He added: "I was pleased for Wilf Zaha to get a start and play so well. That will have done his confidence the world of good."

Norwich winger Robert Snodgrass was stretchered off after a clash of heads with Rafael da Silva, causing an eight-minute hold-up in the game.

Manager Chris Hughton said the Scotland international has suffered concussion but does not believe it will prove too serious.

"He's gone to a local hospital. I think that is very much a precaution," he said. "He was out for a period of time. It is concussion. They will do some tests to check everything is okay."

*Taken from Soccernet.com

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