"I like to put pressure on myself", he says, "I like to take the watch and put it forward".
"The mantra of Sir Alex Ferguson was always to play exciting and attacking football".
"We're really pleased with our start, but it's only a start".
"From the first moment we saw him in training, we knew he was someone special", Mata said.
Manchester United will return to the Champions League this season thanks to that Europa League triumph, having been drawn alongside Benfica, Basel and CSKA Moscow.
"Managers spend the whole of the pre-season preparing their squad, only to find that within a few games of the new season they could lose the players that have been very much part of that preparation".
"But the Champions League is where we want to be and maybe I'm too ambitious, I don't know, but I want to be the manager with more matches [in the Champions League]".
Indeed, according to Opta data, 27 per cent of all sides to make the top four have won just one of their opening three games, heaping appeal on the 7/4 on the Gunners, who have only finished outside the top four under Arsene Wenger once in over two decades.
"Yes, for sure, Zlatan would be good because he's starting so late, because I think they said he's not going to start playing until January".
Arsenal, before the recent worldwide break, travelled to Anfield and were humbled 4-0 with Liverpool's exciting front three - Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah - giving them a 3-0 half-time lead before Daniel Sturridge made it four in the second half. I'm nearly ready to say who.
The only harsh criticism of the lovable Juan is that fans expect more goals and assists from him.
"Sometimes football can have a bad reputation but there are great people in football who are trying to help".