Star gets to the heart of the Mata at MUFC Museum

RECORD signing Juan Mata paid a personal visit to Manchester United’s Museum to swot up on his Manchester United knowledge.

Juan MataMata took time out following first team training to learn some of the finer points of his new club’s history.


Club bosses announced free admission to the Museum as a ‘thank you’ to loyal fans throughout March and, due to the initiative’s huge success, have now extended the free admission period till the end of April.


On his personal trip to the museum Spanish international Juan, who signed from Premier League rivals Chelsea in the January transfer window, spent an hour viewing the exhibits inside the museum and seeing first-hand how the successes of the past have impacted on world football’s most famous club.


Mata, already a keen history-buff and accomplished blogger, wanted to visit the museum – voted the Best Large Visitor Attraction 2013 - so he could immerse himself in the rich history of the most successful club in English football.


And he certainly took advantage of the many unique exhibits on display – paying particular attention to the story of how United first won the European Cup with a side that featured club legends like Sir Bobby Charlton, George Best and Denis Law in 1968.


He also spent time examining exhibits from United’s next Champions League win in 1999 when David Beckham, Gary Neville, Ryan Giggs, Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer were part of an incredible last minute comeback to snatch the famous trophy from the hands of rivals Bayern Munich.


Juan Mata said: “I wanted to know more about the history of the club, the trophies United have won and all the players who have played here. It's great to know those things and I think every player who arrives at a new club should know about the history of the club and what it means to play here".


From the outside you can see how big the club is but it's only when you're inside and you come to somewhere like the Museum that you really realise how big it is. It was really important for me to come here [the Museum].


Museum bosses today announced that the free admission initiative – introduced to give even more fans the opportunity to visit the story behind the most successful club in English football – has now been extended for a further month, until the end of April 2014.


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