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Man Utd midfielder Mata well aware of Van Gaal qualities

Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata is open to working with Louis van Gaal. Van Gaal is expected to be named United manager in the coming days.

Mata told the Daily Mail: "I've never met him. I know what kind of history he has, the titles he has won and the kind of football he is playing with Holland. But I don't think it's good to talk about a coach who is not our manager."

If the Dutchman does replace the Welshman, he will become Mata's seventh coach in three seasons. So much for English patience and trigger-happy Spanish club presidents.

"You mean it's my fault," he laughs.

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