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Juan Mata: 'Facing Wayne Rooney next weekend will be weird'

Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata hopes that Wayne Rooney is given the 'welcome he deserves' when returning to Old Trafford with Everton next weekend.

Juan Mata has admitted that he will find it "weird" coming up against Wayne Rooney next weekend when Manchester United play host to Everton in the Premier League.

Ex-England international Rooney spent 13 years with United, before departing for Everton in the summer as the Red Devils' all-time leading goalscorer.

The 31-year-old will make his first return to the Theatre of Dreams as an opposition player when the Toffees take on the league leaders next Sunday, aiming to get back on track after defeat to Tottenham Hotspur last time out.

Writing in his weekly One Hour Behind blog, Mata said: "They've just suffered a tough defeat against Tottenham, but they have made very good signings and of course they have a player like Wayne Rooney.

"I hope Old Trafford will welcome him as he deserves. It will be weird to see Wayne playing with a different shirt, to be honest, but this is the decision he made last summer and we wish him the best of luck."

Rooney has two goals and an assist in his eight matches since returning to boyhood club Everton.


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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool1613303462842
2Manchester CityMan City1613214593641
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs16120430161436
4Chelsea16104233132034
5Arsenal16104235201534
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd167542826226
7Everton156542117423
8Bournemouth167272526-123
9Leicester CityLeicester166462120122
10Wolverhampton WanderersWolves166461719-222
11West Ham UnitedWest Ham166372325-221
12Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton166371922-321
13Watford156271821-320
14Cardiff CityCardiff1642101530-1514
15Newcastle UnitedNewcastle163491322-913
16Crystal Palace1633101323-1012
17Burnley1633101532-1712
18Huddersfield TownHuddersfield1624101027-1710
19Southampton161691330-179
20Fulham1623111640-249

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