According to Phil Jones, new signing Juan Mata can be the catalyst for Manchester United and get the club back to winning ways.
The Spaniard joined united in a fee worth £37.1 million after struggling to get in the Chelsea starting XI.
Mata made his debut in Old Trafford against Cardiff City on Tuesday evening, and managed to play 85 minutes for the Reds before being substituted.
He received a standing ovation from the Manchester United fans after a brilliant display and was involved in most of the attacks, including United’s first goal.
Manchester United have made a disappointing start to 2014 after recent exits from the FA Cup and Capital One Cup. The Reds also lie 13 points behind league leaders and local rivals Manchester City.
Phil Jones is confident Mata will bring the best out the squad and the signing of the highly talented attacking midfielder motivates the team in the dressing room and on the pitch.
“We want to impress and show him that we are what we are, that we are one of the best teams to be at. He has done well and I am sure he will be a huge asset and fantastic player for Manchester United, hopefully for many years to come”, said Phil Jones to Sky Sports.
The signing of Juan Mata was applauded by all Manchester United fans, and he has already proven himself in England with Chelsea.
Robin Van Persie also returned into action against Cardiff and managed to score the games opener with a header after six minutes in front of the Stretford End. The prolific Dutchman was struggling with a thigh injury and was sidelined since December.
Manchester United received further good news as Wayne Rooney managed to overcome a groin problem. He was on the bench but later came on to replace Robin Van Persie. Jones also believes the signing of Mata and the shrinking injury list of United is a good sign and can get United a win on Saturday against Stoke.