Mata Is On Course To Break Beckham's Free-Kick Record If He Stays At United

Juan Mata might have unfinished business at Manchester United after it has emerged that he could break David Beckham's free-kick record in the Premier League.

The 30-year-old Spaniard is out of contract at the end of the season, but fans are hoping that the United midfielder will sign a new deal soon.

Mata arrived in the Premier League when he signed for Chelsea in 2011, enjoying three years at Stamford Bridge before he completed his move to United in January 2014.

According to the Manchester Evening News, the Spain international has scored eight free-kick in England's top-tier league. That's the most for any active player in the Premier League, with Everton's Gylfi Sigurðsson in second place with seven.

Beckham scored 15 free-kicks during his time at Old Trafford, so it's not hard to believe that Mata could reach -- or break -- the United legend's record if he extends his time at the club.

After all, it was Mata who scored a brilliant free-kick against Newcastle United and spurred his side to a brilliant comeback.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

Let's not forget about his free-kick against Juventus in the Champions League this season, coming off the bench and inspiring United to a memorable 2-1 victory in Turin.

"I have confidence in free kicks at the moment," Mata said at the time.

"I train a lot after training sessions I like to stay with some balls and some goalkeepers they help me a lot, too. Today's was important and then we went on and scored again."

While his future remains uncertain at United, Mata believes that he still has many years left in the tank.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

"I've been playing football for a long time now but I still feel young, mentally and physically," he told the Premier League's official website.

"I still feel that I have a lot of football in my mind and in my legs, and hopefully I can play for many more years."

Should Mata stay at United? Or should he move to a new club?

Let us know in the comments.

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Adnan Riaz

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