‘Never complains despite not always getting the credit’ – Juan Mata hails Man United star

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Former Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata sent a congratulatory message to Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea after he made his 500th appearance for Manchester United on Sunday against Newcastle United.

Mata wrote on his Instagram account: “Not always gets the credit, never complains, always keeps working, PROUD OF YOU, 500 games at Manchester United and more to come. LEGEND.”

On reaching 500 games for United, which is something only a select few can say they have achieved, De Gea, speaking in the build-up to the draw with Newcastle, said: “I think it’s something crazy.

“To play 500 games for this club is very special for me, of course, but probably I will realise more when I stop playing football when I retire and then look back and say ‘OK, I played more than 500 games for a massive club like United’. I’m super proud and it’s amazing, to be honest.”