Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata has spoken on the key role he plays inside the Old Trafford dressing room in welcoming both new arrivals and young players into the first-team squad.
And the Spain international has revealed Solskjaer values his contribution off the pitch as well as on it.
“I feel young, honestly, in my body and mind. But obviously I have been playing in a club, and in English football and professionally for 12, 13 years now. So that gives me experience, especially in difficult situations, to behave in a certain way or give advice to the young players,” Mata told The Official Manchester United Podcast.
“I think he (Solskjaer) values that also.”
“Me as a player, what I can give on the pitch, but also that I will try my best off the pitch for the new players that come, like right now Bruno [Fernandes] and Odion [Igahlo] and for the youngsters that come through the academy like Brandon [Williams], Chongy [Tahith Chong], Angel [Gomes] and Jimmy [Garner].”
During his spell in the Premier League with both Chelsea and United, Mata has won everything available to him in English football – aside from the Premier League.