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Manchester United: Juan Mata shows class by signing autographs in the RAIN after final home game

Juan Mata shows his class by standing in the rain to sign autographs and take photos with fans long after his final home game for Manchester United before summer exit from Old Trafford

  • Juan Mata played his final home match for Manchester United on Monday night 
  • The midfielder stayed behind after full time to sign autographs and take photos 
  • He showed his class by standing in the pouring rain long after the game finished 

Juan Mata earned plaudits after standing in the rain long after Manchester United’s final home game of the season against Brentford to take pictures with supporters and sign autographs.

The 34-year-old will leave Old Trafford at the end of the season when his contract expires following nine seasons with the Red Devils, racking up 283 appearances and four trophies during his service.

Mata was named in the starting XI against the Bees on Monday night by interim boss Ralf Rangnick as a show of respect in what was his last ever game at OId Trafford, playing 75 minutes before being replaced by Phil Jones.

Juan Mata showed his class by staying behind in the rain to sign autographs at Old Trafford

The veteran also took pictures with fans, with the Spaniard set to leave the club this summer

The veteran also took pictures with fans, with the Spaniard set to leave the club this summer

Mata was given a starting spot against the Bees to thank him for nine years at the club

Mata was given a starting spot against the Bees to thank him for nine years at the club

He was given a rousing reception by fans and applauded them during the lap of honour after full time in emotional scenes, before he made his class gesture outside the stadium in the car park.

Mata was seen taking selfies with fans and signing autographs long into the night – and the veteran deserves credit after getting soaked in the process.

He still decided to carry on with his gesture despite the heavens opening – and the Spaniard didn’t even have a hood or umbrella. 

Fans were blown away by his commitment to saying his goodbyes to them despite the adverse weather conditions, with some calling him ‘a class act’, ‘a loyal servant’ and ‘an absolute gem’.

Mata claps the home support after full time having finished playing his final match at home

Mata claps the home support after full time having finished playing his final match at home 

‘He’s such a class act. He’ll be missed at the club,’ wrote one fan.

Another post commented: ‘He is the last player I would wish to leave Manchester United now.’ 

And one user wrote: ‘What a geezer this man is. Such a lovely man, so professional, never moaned or complanied. An absolute gem. Was a superb intelligent player for us. A loyal servant who was underused quite a bit in the last couple of years.’

Mata was also described as an ‘amazing person, an inspiration and a legend’ by one adoring supporter as they wished him good luck on social media. 

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