Legends have housed a fond place in the great game. Most powerhouses boast of blasts from the past that gave their side a moment to relish, or in some cases, entire eras to look up to.
As of such, the feet currently occupying the pitch may certainly long for the company of these brilliant legends.
While few may have realized their wish through player-turned-managers and mentor figures, more often than not, very few are lucky to play alongside their icons or share a pitch with a talent they greatly admire.
Now, Juan Mata has revealed the name of the Manchester United legend with whom he’d have liked to play with.
Speaking to Republik of Mancunia, the Spaniard revealed: “Eric Cantona [is the former United player I’d like to play alongside]. There is something really special about him and I would have loved to play with him. The King.”
Most Red Devils would also hold this view, as Cantona was part of the hallowed ‘Class of 92’ that stamped United’s dominance in the Premier League era for much of its modern period.
Mata went on to talk about some of his own finest moments as a Red Devil: “It is an incredible feeling to be a Red and I am very proud to represent this great club.
“If I have to pick some important moments for me I would say the debut against Cardiff City, the game against Liverpool at Anfield where I scored a brace and the goal in the FA Cup final against Crystal Palace.”
The 30-year-old also commented about his life in Manchester, stating: “Manchester is a very creative city, full of life and I like to discover new places and visit different parts of the city. My favourite area is Northern Quarter, with many bars with live music, coffee shops, galleries.”
With a small amount of doubt looming over his own Manchester United future, it will be interesting to see if Mata decides to stick along and try and carve a similar position at Old Trafford.