Juan Mata has said he is okay with playing second fiddle as a support striker to Alexis Sanchez during the club’s pre-season tour, as Manchester United prepare for their last International Champions Cup clash with Real Madrid in Florida.
“I used to play as a striker when I was a kid, and I like to be in the box,” the Manchester United midfielder told MUTV.
“It’s a different shape. It’s a system that is very difficult to play against.
“I think the manager is trying to fit all the first-team squad players into the XI. In the last two games, I was playing with Alexis up front.
“It’s been a few years since I’ve played there but I think once you’ve played in there you pick up the components and you still have them. Now I just try to play that position. I’ve felt okay, so it’s fine.”
Whilst the Red Devils are wrapping up their ICC tour at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Real Madrid are on the contrary opening their tournament and the 30-year-old believes that the showpiece tie will offer a suitable finale to Man Utd’s preparations for the new season.
“They are one of the biggest clubs in the world. We will be able to play with some of our young players, which will be a good experience for them. I think it’s a perfect end to this US tour.”