Manchester United forward Juan Mata has promised to do his part to ease the goalscoring burden on striker Wayne Rooney this season by firing himself into double figures, the Daily Mirror reports.
As it stands, Rooney remains the club’s only fit first choice striker, following the departures of both Robin van Persie and Radamel Falcao, and the injury to Javier Hernandez (via The Guardian).
And as such, he will be charged with scoring the bulk of the club’s goals this season, especially as manager Louis van Gaal challenged the England international to bag himself 25 goals if he plays as the club’s main striker.
Mata managed to chalk up 10 goals for himself last term, but has vowed to increase his output even further in the new campaign, thus helping to ease the pressure off Rooney’s shoulders.
“I always try to score,” said Mata.
“I’ve always done that. I used to play as a striker when I was a kid and every team I played for I had a good goals record and it’s the same at United.
“This season I will aim again to score a good number and to help the team with assists and goals.
“I had a 21-goal season at Chelsea and another with Valencia when I scored 14, so I’ve always been lucky enough to score a good number for a midfielder.
“I always try to score more than 10 goals in a season. I’ve nearly always done that and I think that’s a good number for a midfielder.
“Last season I tried to score as many as I could and it’s always a big part of my game. I will try again to be in and around the box and score again.”
Mata has already been a regular fixture in Louis van Gaal’s pre-season plans, featuring in all three of the club’s games in America.
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