Life after Chelsea: Juan Mata's 'difficult months' before joining Manchester United

Juan Mata has spoken for the first time as a Manchester United player.

Manchester United manager David Moyes with Juan Mata Credit: Press Association

The last six months were difficult because I didn't play as much as I wanted.

– Juan Mata

The 25-year-old struggled for game time this season under Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho.

Juan Mata with his Number 8 shirt Credit: Press Association

Manchester United said the club's record £37 million signing would wear the number eight shirt rather than the number seven used by former greats David Beckham, Cristiano Ronaldo and Eric Cantona.

Juan Mata being officially unveiled as a Manchester United player Credit: Press Association

Mata is expected to make his debut tomorrow against Cardiff City at Old Trafford.

The only thing I want to do is play because I'm looking forward to playing and to try my best for the team, to help give the team their confidence back.