Juan Mata insists it will be an “honour” for him to take part in the last ever game at West Ham United’s famous Boleyn Ground.
The Manchester United midfielder knows the whole of Upton Park will be an emotional cauldron as they bring down the curtain after more than a century, before the Hammers move to their new home this summer at the 60,000 capacity Olympic Stadium.
Mata also knows than anything less than a victory for Louis van Gaal’s team on Tuesday night will hand the top-four initiative back to their fierce rivals Manchester City, in the quest to secure a Champions League spot for next season, heading into the final round of fixtures on Sunday.
The Spaniard scored the vital solitary goal in the weekend victory at Norwich City, which has breathed new life into the Red Devils’ bid.
And Mata feels the sense of occasion in east London can also act as further inspiration.
He said: “We have another game as difficult as the one on Saturday, or even more. It’s against West Ham. It’s going to be special.
“The last official game at the Boleyn Ground, where West Ham have been playing for 112 years. With that image of Bobby Moore, it’s a place that breathes English football.
“It will be an honour to be there and try to get the last win.”