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Football transfer rumours: Manchester United to swap Juan Mata for João Mário?

Today’s fluff puts too fine a point on itManchester United want to tempt João Mário away from Internazionale and are so keen on the Portuguese midfielder that they will offer his Italian employers Juan Mata in exchange. According to the Corriere dello …

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Mawson and Daniels become first British players to join Mata’s charity project

• Swansea’s Alfie Mawson and Bournemouth’s Charlie Daniels join scheme• They pledge percentage of salary to charity under Common Goal initiativeAlfie Mawson and Charlie Daniels have become the first British footballers to sign up to Juan Mata’s Common …

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Juan Mata: ‘People underestimate football. It gives hope to so many people’

The Manchester United and Spain player talks about his Common Goal project, which wants to see 1% of football’s entire industry donated to charity, his relationship with José Mourinho and the death of his grandfatherNinety minutes with Juan Mata is a t…

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Manchester United injuries are chance to trust others, says José Mourinho

• ‘We never miss the players who are injured; it’s a moment for others to step in’
• Juan Mata lauds side’s greater efficiency and Romelu Lukaku’s contribution

José Mourinho said he has complete trust in all of his Manchester United players after his side crushed Crystal Palace 4-0 for a fifth consecutive victory without the injured Paul Pogba.

The Frenchman sustained a hamstring problem in the 3-0 win over Basel in a Champions League group game on 12 September. Since then United have beaten Everton 4-0, Burton Albion 4-1, Southampton 1-0 and CSKA Moscow 4-1 before the victory over Roy Hodgson’s bottom-placed side.

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Mata-Marouane: the Moyesian odd couple nearing a United redemption | Barney Ronay

The only two players signed by the Scot during his disastrous tenure at Old Trafford have defied all expectations to remain among the star-studded cast assembled by José Mourinho

In the years after the fall of the Berlin Wall a phenomenon bubbled up in Eastern Europe called “ostalgie”, or nostalgia for the old east. Seized with ostalgie, citizens of the new world found themselves tiring of the glories of capitalism, with its treacly soft drinks, unfettered access to soft-rock music and a natureless ecstasy of identical consumer products; and yearning instead for the old certainties of communism, the gulag and mass-produced cardboard trousers. As recently as last year a majority of Romanians said they missed the murderous despot Nicolae Ceausescu. Presumably, again, because you knew where you stood and the statues were nice.

Related: Paul Pogba’s Manchester United absence declared ‘long-term’ by Mourinho

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USA World Cup winners Rapinoe and Morgan join Mata’s charity wage project

• Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan will give 1% of their salaries to charity
• They join Mats Hummels and are the first female players in Common Goal

Two members of the World Cup-winning USA women’s team of 2015 have signed up to Juan Mata’s initiative for footballers to donate 1% of their wages to charity.

Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan have joined Manchester United’s Mata and the Bayern Munich defender Mats Hummels in pledging money to Common Goal, which supports global football initiatives for disadvantaged children.

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Juan Mata out to transform football and the world one per cent at a time

The Manchester United and Spain midfielder wants to make it normal for all players to donate part of their salaries – with the ultimate goal being 1% of everything that football generates going into a central charitable fund

Juan Mata is putting together his starting XI. He is in there and there are a few others he thinks he can convince to join him. Some of them you will have heard of, some of them you will not but if this works out the way he hopes, one day everyone you have heard of in football and everyone you have not too will sign up. He believes it could change football for the better at a time when many think it is changing for the worse, the new world-record transfer fee more evidence for the prosecution. “I don’t want these to sound like empty words,” he says. “The idea is brilliant.”

Related: José Mourinho says Manchester United’s Nemanja Matic is a ‘genius’ after debut

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Pogba and Mourinho pleased with Manchester United’s season after Europa League win – video

Paul Pogba says that Manchester United’s season can be regarded as a successful one after the club beat Ajax 2-0 on Wednesday to win the Europa League and secure qualification for next term’s Champions League. It is a view shared both by his manager José Mourinho and team-mate Juan Mata too. In addition to the Europa League, United also won the League Cup and Community Shield over the course of the campaign

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Juan Mata: José Mourinho is the man to take Manchester United back to the top

• United face Ajax on Wednesday evening in the Europa League final
• Mata says he wants to stay at the club beyond contract expiry in 2018

Juan Mata believes Manchester United finally have the right manager in José Mourinho, with the Spain international hopeful a new era of success can be kick-started by winning the Europa League.

United face Ajax in Wednesday’s final in Stockholm. If Mourinho’s side win they will claim their second trophy of the season, following the EFL Cup, as well as qualifying for the Champions League next season.

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Juan Mata hails Manchester United’s ‘best’ confidence and mentality

• Mata says club is in strongest stance since his arrival in 2014
• United hand Maraoune Fellaini one-year contract extension

Juan Mata believes Manchester United have the strongest mentality and are playing with the highest level confidence he has witnessed at the club since his arrival there three years ago.

Tuesday night’s 2-0 triumph over Hull City in the EFL Cup semi-final first leg at Old Trafford was United’s ninth victory in a row. That is the longest winning streak since early 2009, when Sir Alex Ferguson’s side recorded 11 consecutive wins. José Mourinho’s team host Liverpool on Sunday hoping to beat their fiercest rivals and close the gap to the second-place side to only two points.

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Juan Mata recalled to Spain squad against Macedonia and England

• Manchester United midfielder returns with several players out injured
• Chelsea’s Diego Costa also called up but Cesc Fàbregas misses out

Juan Mata has been recalled to an injury-hit Spain squad for the matches against Macedonia and England.

The Manchester United midfielder is among several returning players in Julen Lopetegui’s 25-man squad, with Aritz Aduriz – fresh from his five-goal Europa League haul for Athletic Bilbao on Thursday – César Azpilicueta, Sergio Asenjo and Marc Bartra also back in the fold.

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Diego Costa and Juan Mata left out of Spain’s provisional Euro 2016 squad

• Del Bosque not willing to take a risk on Costa’s hamstring injury
• Mata, Torres, Alcácer and Cazorla also overlooked by champions

Diego Costa and Juan Mata have both been left out of Spain’s provisional squad for their Euro 2016 campaign by Vicente del Bosque while there is also no place in the two-times defending champions’ squad for Fernando Torres.

Related: Euro 2016: how England, France, Spain, Germany, Belgium and Italy shape up

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Manchester United’s Juan Mata admits footballers earn obscene money

• Spain midfielder says ‘ridiculous’ wages are ‘unfathomable’
• Mata not impressed by young players acting like rock stars

Manchester United’s Juan Mata has admitted that he and other professional footballers earn “obscene” amounts of money and “live in a bubble”.

Mata, who signed for Manchester United from Chelsea for a reported £40m in 2014, is believed to earn around £150,000 per week.

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Manchester United’s Juan Mata apologises for red card at West Brom

• Mata received first red card of his career for two bookings at Hawthorns
• ‘I could have avoided them and I take responsibility,’ says Spaniard

Juan Mata has apologised after being sent off for the first time in his career in Manchester United’s defeat at West Brom.

The midfielder collected two yellow cards in just 158 seconds during the first half of United’s 1-0 loss at The Hawthorns on Sunday.

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Louis van Gaal hits out at ‘stupid’ Juan Mata as Manchester United falter again

• Mata was sent off after picking up two yellow cards in space of 158 seconds
• United manager believes referee should have show more discretion

Louis van Gaal accused Juan Mata of picking up a “stupid” first booking prior to his dismissal in the 1-0 defeat at West Bromwich Albion but the Manchester United manager suggested that Mike Dean, the referee, should have showed more discretion before brandishing a second yellow card to the Spaniard little more than two minutes later.

Mata’s extraordinary dismissal in the 26th minute, following two incidents involving Darren Fletcher, the former United midfielder, was the turning point in the game according to Van Gaal, who conceded that his team had now “lost contact” with the top five clubs in the Premier League in their pursuit for fourth place.

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Marcus Rashford advised to keep feet on the ground at Manchester United

• Juan Mata tells 18-year-old striker to stay calm
• ‘It’s been massive for him,’ says United playmaker

Juan Mata has advised Marcus Rashford to keep his feet on the ground after the Manchester United striker did the double double in the course of four days, scoring twice on his Europa League debut in the win against Midtjylland on Thursday and then repeating that feat on his Premier League debut against Arsenal on Sunday.

Mata has had a front‑row view of events as he pulled the strings behind Rashford and the Spanish playmaker has been talking the 18-year-old tyro through his games to telling effect. Prodigies have a habit of coming and going at Old Trafford but Mata is confident Rashford can plot a steady course through his career, less the George Best route and more the Ryan Giggs.

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Louis van Gaal urges Manchester United players to be “horny” against Midtjylland video

Louis van Gaal had the Old Trafford press room laughing on Wednesday; asked whether he’d like to see more hunger from his players, van Gaal replies “a lot of times I use the word horny to my players”. Van Gaal goes on to admit criticism of the job he is doing as Manchester United manager may be affecting players’ performances

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Juan Mata makes the most of his chance to shine and boost Louis van Gaal | Peter Lansley

The Spanish playmaker was played in his favourite position and made the difference as Manchester United eased past Derby County in the FA Cup

Regular followers of Manchester United cannot recall when, if ever, Louis van Gaal has trusted Juan Mata to start in his best position just off the front man but, on the night when the manager’s future was on the line, the diminutive Spaniard responded to being offered centre stage by eventually providing the missing magic to save the club from lurching deeper towards crisis, scoring the final goal from his favoured position seven minutes from time.

Only Chris Smalling and Daley Blind have started more Premier League games than Mata this season but invariably the Spanish playmaker, two years after arriving in a helicopter to sign from Chelsea for £37m, has been stationed out wide, not trusted with the responsibility of playing as the creative fulcrum. So it was as much of a surprise as a gamble that Mata was invited back into the side to play behind Wayne Rooney. Also involved in Blind’s goal 25 minutes from time, the 27-year-old slowly but surely rewarded his manager’s faith by prompting the penetration that made the difference.

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Juan Mata: Manchester United players share fans’ unhappiness

• ‘It’s another tough moment … but we must get through this’ says forward
• Juan Mata admits Manchester United defeat to Southampton ‘left bad taste’

Juan Mata has stressed the frustration within the Manchester United squad is the same as that of the club’s fans after Saturday’s 1-0 home defeat by Southampton.

Boos rang around Old Trafford following the final whistle of the Premier League contest as the United manager Louis van Gaal endured what he later described as the worst reaction he has heard from supporters yet during his time in charge.

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Jamie Carragher, Juan Mata and the charitable footballers making a difference

The release of Deloitte’s Money League amid the January transfer window shows the extortionate amount of wealth in football, but it’s also worth remembering that the game produces some admirable philanthropists and ambassadors

By Richard Foster for The Agony and the Ecstasy of the Guardian Sport Network

As Jamie Carragher played his last game for Liverpool on 19 May 2013 and contemplated his retirement, he had very little to prove. His 737th appearance for his one and only club cemented his status as an Anfield legend, but he had already laid down plans to help others less fortunate than himself. In 2010 Carragher decided to donate the proceeds raised from his testimonial to setting up his own charitable foundation. The money from the testimonial gave the Carragher 23 Foundation an initial fund of over £1m and created an endowment that is to be used to for contributions to local charities, clubs and community initiatives in perpetuity.

The 37-year-old admits to harbouring early doubts. “To be honest, at first I was a bit unsure about what it entailed but that’s why using the community foundation route was crucial as you have a team of people at hand when you need help.”

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