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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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"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?

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Let us know in the comments.

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Topics: Juan Mata, Football News, Football, Manchester United, David Beckham, red devils, Premier League, Everton, Old Trafford

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