Manchester United’s Juan Mata: “Our fans deserve the best”

He may not have gotten off the bench for Manchester United at Wembley during Saturday’s 1-2 win over Everton, but Juan Mata was still hugely satisfied with a win that has sent his side to its first FA Cup final in nine years.

Writing in his weekly blog, the Spanish international had this to say on the dramatic semi-final win:

“On Saturday at Wembley we made it to the final of the FA Cup, it’s been the icing of the cake in a good month of April in which we have won five out of the six games that were scheduled. In particular, I feel that the last two games have made a very good impression on our fans. They deserve the best.

“At Wembley, we sealed our passport to the big FA Cup final on 21 May in a very special atmosphere, as always in that stadium. It was a very typical, box-to-box cup game, absolutely thrilling until the final whistle. We have to give credit to David and Anthony, the former because he saved a decisive penalty, and the latter because his goal in stoppage time brought a burst of joy to all of us. And I think that the team deserves credit too, because we have gone through several adversities this season. We have won five rounds (including a replay against West Ham) and now we can enjoy such a special moment as the FA Cup final, one of the most beautiful games in a footballer’s career. Being at Wembley is always special.”