Manchester United star Brandon Williams has named Juan mata as the best player he’s ever played with, snubbing club legend Christian Ronaldo.
The 22nd-Age was requested by OBJECTIVE to name the best player he has shared a football pitch with.
Williams said: “I would probably say Juan mata, because he is a ball magician. He takes control of games in the way he plays. He’s a good guy off the pitch too – he talks to us and he helps us.
The pair played together 27 times during their time together at Old Trafford.
Williams has never played a competitive match with Ronaldo as he was sent on loan to Norwich City before the five times Ball the Gold winner’s stunning return to United last season.
This season, under Erik ten Hag, Williams has so far failed to impress the Dutchman, so he hasn’t been named to a matchday squad.
Overall, Williams has made less than 50 appearances since breaking into the first team in 2019, scoring once and assisting three.
Spanish midfielder mata left old Trafford in June at the end of his contract.
During his time as the Red Devil, mata has made a total of 285 appearances, scoring 51 goals and has 47 assists to his name.
After his departure, he wrote a moving message to United fans.
He wrote: “It took me a while to digest the change that is happening in my life.
“I would like to say that I am the proudest man in the world to have represented this unique club for the last eight and a half seasons.
“I couldn’t be more grateful for what my career has given me so far, and I’m as excited as this little kid about what the future might bring from now on.”
mata has now signed for Turkish Super lig club Galatasarius on a one-year contract, with the option of an additional year.