Spanish midfielder Juan Mata has been voted by fans around the world on six different foreign language websites as Manchester United’s player of the month for February ahead of Patrice Evra and Nemanja Vidic, who came second and third respectively.
Mata, 25, initially had his chances running short after the Premier League Champions managed to win only one game in the month, courtesy of a 2-0 victory away to Crystal Palace.
He however, received a huge boost when he was cup-tied for the humiliating Champions League defeat against Olympiacos.
Mata was also given a trophy and a £500 cheque to go to a charity of his choice.
Reacting to the illustrious accolade, an hysteric Mata said: “It’s amazing for me to be awarded with this prize after my first month. I have played just a few games, five games I think, and I am really grateful the fans have voted for me.
“I feel really happy. Life in Manchester is good, I have already found a house, I have a new home and I am trying to know different places around the city. It is a really nice city to live in. It is quiet,
relaxing and you can be focused on what is important – playing football.”