Ryan Giggs: 'Juan Mata can become a Manchester United all-time great'

Ryan Giggs believes that Juan Mata can become an all-time great at Manchester United following his arrival from Chelsea in January.

Manchester United player-coach Ryan Giggs believes that Juan Mata can go down as one of the club's all-time greatest players.

The Spain international moved to Old Trafford from Chelsea for a club-record fee of £37.1m during the January transfer window.

Despite the midfielder having only played in two games for the Red Devils so far, Giggs is confident that the 25-year-old can become a legend at the club.

When asked by MUTV if Mata could be regarded as an all-time United great in the future, Giggs said: "I think he could be. He's obviously got the talent.

"I don't want to put too much pressure on him, but I don't see why not. The players are just like the fans.

"When they see a quality player come through the door, it gives them that excitement and you feel it around training. It gives everybody a lift."

United are currently seventh in the Premier League table, 15 points adrift of leaders Arsenal.

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