Juan Mata backs David De Gea to bounce back from failed Real Madrid transfer at Manchester United this season

De Gea is set to stay at United this season

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Juan Mata has backed his Manchester United and Spain team-mate David De Gea to bounce back and perform well for United this season, after his move to Real Madrid collapsed at the last minute.

Mata says De Gea is "very professional", and has doubts that he will be a success for United this season.

Speaking ahead of Spain's Euro 2016 qualifier against Slovenia on Saturday, Mata said today:

"He seems the same as ever to me. He’s calm, relaxed. He has a naturally calm personality. These have been difficult days but he is ok.

"It is good for him to be here with the national team too. I think his personality will help. He is always calm. Even in moments of maximum pressure or stress he still plays well. His personality will help him on and off the pitch.


“David is professional and he always will be. His desire and professionalism will remain intact. Any team in the world would be better off with him in it. The fans always support the team, all of us, and they will support him.

“He is a friend and he is very professional. I wish him the best and I am sure he will be fine. He will manage the situation.”