Mata reveals Herrera tipped him off about Cavani moving to Manchester United
Speaking in the press conference (h/t Metro) before their game against PSG, Juan Mata revealed that Ander Herrera called him to inform him about Edinson Cavani moving to Manchester United before the move was finalized officially, and told him what he should expect from the Uruguayan international.
Juan Mata and Ander Herrera both moved to Manchester United in 2014. The Spaniards spent 5 years together at the club before Herrera left for PSG in the summer of 2019.
Herrera teamed up with Edinson Cavani for the Uruguayan’s final season in Paris before the striker’s deadline day move to Manchester United this summer.
Juan Mata revealed in Tuesday’s interview that Herrera called him up before the move was officially finalized and asked him to help the 33-year-old settle in at the club.
“He called me and told me ‘I think Edinson is going to go to your club, you will see he’s a top guy, a top professional. And I know you will help him’. So since Edinson has arrived, I try to answer the questions he has about the club or the dressing room. I can help to translate when he wants to communicate with people in the club, in the staff.”
Adding to that, Mata said that Herrera was correct in his assessment about the Uruguayan’s professionalism and the club is looking forward to the experience and goals he will bring in the future.
“And since he’s here, as Ander said, I can see how focused he is, his professionalism. Edinson has done a lot of things in football and he remains very humble. And it’s great to have him. He brings his experience, he will bring a lot of goals.”
Cavani’s only start for Manchester United this season came in the 4-1 Champions League win against Istanbul Besaksehir. The Uruguayan would be hoping to feature against his former club as PSG face us at Old Trafford tonight.