Juan Mata is set to make his Manchester United debut against Cardiff on Tuesday, manager David Moyes has confirmed.
The Spain international completed his club record 37.1 million-pound move from Chelsea on Saturday. He has not featured since New Year’s Day, when he started Chelsea’s 3-0 win at Southampton, after falling out of favour at Stamford Bridge.
However, Moyes believes the 25-year-old will be able to face Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team and plans to give him his United bow at the first possible opportunity.
Moyes told MUTV: "Juan’s not too far away from [full] fitness. I know he has missed a few games and maybe not started quite as many games as he’d have liked, but I’d like to get him involved against Cardiff."
Mata scored on his last appearance at Old Trafford in May, when he earned Chelsea a 1-0 victory and became the last player to get a winner against Sir Alex Ferguson’s United.
The former Valencia man last appeared on the bench when he was an unused substitute for Chelsea as they beat United 3-1 last Sunday.