Manchester United star Juan Mata hoping it’s third time lucky in UEFA Super Cup clash against Real Madrid after tasting defeat twice with Chelsea

Manchester United star Juan Mata is determined to make it third time lucky in the UEFA Super Cup final against Real Madrid after twice tasting defeat during his Chelsea career.

The Europa League winners will face their Champions League counterparts in Skopje, Macedonia on August 8 in what will constitute the Spaniard’s third appearance in the annual showpiece.

But having suffered defeat with the Blues in matches against Atletico Madrid in 2012 and Bayern Munich a year later, Mata is yet to lift the season-opening trophy; something he believes will change on his third attempt. Juan Mata celebrates with a clenched fist after scoring the winning goal against Sampdoria ‘We [head into] the Super Cup in brilliant condition,’ Mata told MUTV.

‘I’ve been lucky to play two [Super Cup finals] and I’ve been unlucky to lose two.

‘We will try again on Tuesday, but it will be hard against Real Madrid.’ Mata twice tasted Super Cup defeat with Chelsea, against Atletico Madrid and Bayern Munich Jose Mourinho’s men have impressed during their pre-season fixtured with Mata scoring the definitive goal in a 2-1 win over Sampdoria on Wednesday.

Having missed friendly ties against Real Madrid and Barcelona through injury, the diminutive playmaker says […]

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