Juan Mata plans to score in double figures for Manchester United, relieve burden on Wayne Rooney

The Spaniard's contribution could be vital if United are to challenge for trophies

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Juan Mata has said he will be looking to score upwards of 10 goals this coming season as Manchester United seek a solution to their goal scoring concerns.

Having opted not to make Radamel Falcao's move permanent and allowed Robin van Persie to depart for Fenerbahce, the current options at Old Trafford look threadbare. Wayne Rooney appears the only striker guaranteed to get goals, with the club captain supported by youngster James Wilson and Mexico international Javier Hernandez.

Van Gaal has said the club are hopeful of adding to their front-line, however it may be necessary to look internally in search of goals. It appears Mata is ready to step up.

“I always try to score,” Mata said. “I have always done that. I used to play as a striker when I was a kid and every team I played for I had a good goals record and it is the same at United, too. This season I will aim again to score a good number and to help the team with assists and goals. I had a 21-goal season at Chelsea [2012/13 including internationals with Spain] and 14 another year with Valencia [2009/10] so I have always been lucky enough to score a good number for a midfielder.

“I always try to score more than 10 goals in a season. I have nearly always done that and I think that is a good number for a midfielder. Last season I tried to score as many as I could and it is always a big part of my game. I will try again to be in and around the box and score again.”

 

Last term Mata scored nine goals in the Premier League - only behind Rooney on 12 and Van Persie on 10. Two of those came in the 2-1 victory over Liverpool.

“It was amazing for me and for the fans,” said Mata. “They will not forget the day because it was a special venue against a massive opponent. It was a good day for me but before that I think I had already played a few good games. It was a boost for all the team’s confidence.”

Manchester United begin their season against Tottenham.

 

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