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  • "It was a very special day for me," Mata said. "My debut, and a victory. It was perfect."

    Mata helps United to 2-0 win over Cardiff →

  • "It was really important," said Mata, who completed his 37.1 million pound ($61.2 million) switch to United on Saturday. "The Spain squad is really difficult to get into, there are a lot of players fighting for positions to be in the last 23 going to Brazil. I hope this is a great chance for me to keep playing, keep fit and show the manager of the national team I want to be there, I have to be there. I don't know what would have happened if I had stayed at Chelsea."

    Mata's World Cup hopes revived by United move →

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