Ashley Young has said he believes Juan Mata will add “something special” to Manchester United, adding that the Spaniard has settled so quickly at Old Trafford that it seems as though he has been at the club for several seasons.
Mata, who completed a club record 37.1 million-pound move from Chelsea on Saturday, made his United debut in Tuesday’s 2-0 win over Cardiff.
And England international Young, who scored the second goal in that game, thinks the World Cup winner will prove a superb addition for the defending Premier League champions.
He said: “There will be a lot of talk about Juan Mata's arrival and the fact we have broken the transfer record for him. He looked like he had been here for years. It was his first game, but he gelled straightaway with the way we have played. He is going to add something special to the squad.
“The way you get welcomed at Manchester United... you are welcomed with open arms. There is a great team spirit. There are some great characters and everybody gets on with everyone. The banter is brilliant. I have never experienced anything like it. He has only been here two days, and he has settled in straightaway.”
Strikers Robin van Persie, who scored the opening goal, and Wayne Rooney, who came off the bench, made their comebacks against Cardiff after 11 and five games on the sidelines respectively.
But while United’s other players, Young included, were criticised for their lack of quality when the two top scorers were absent, the former Aston Villa winger believes manager David Moyes can pick from plenty of high-class footballers.
He added: “A lot has been said about Juan’s arrival and Wayne and Robin coming back. We have got a great squad -- we have got world-class players throughout the squad. Obviously having them back adds to that.”
Young endured a 19-month goal drought before scoring at Stoke in the Capital One Cup in December, and hopes his latest strike will keep him in Moyes’ plans.
He said: “You have to put in performances every week. Manchester United has a big squad, we can rotate the team. When you are playing well, you are there in the manager's thoughts. You get yourself goals and assists.”