Manchester United


Despite beating Newcastle United on Boxing Day the Red Devils found it hard going yesterday against Spurs playing out a nil-nil draw.

The Red Devils now face Stoke City on New Year’s day with Mata saying that having his family over from Spain is a big help and even though he may not be with them on New Year’s Eve cooped up in a hotel he will still partake in the Spanish tradition of eating twelve grapes as the clock strikes midnight.

He wrote in his blog: “As I told you before my family is here these days, and I love that.

It’s a joy and a boost of energy for me to have them here at home.

“They are already talking about New Year’s Eve. I will try to keep the Spanish tradition and eat the 12 grapes, even if I’m going to be in a hotel with the team ahead of the game against Stoke (not an easy one, by the way), which is something I have got used to in Christmas in the last few years…

“I hope we can start the New Year with a good game and a good result.”