Manchester United playmaker Juan Mata has thanked former Red Devils manager David Moyes for signing him before being sacked. The Scot was dismissed last week after almost 10 months at the helm, despite penning a six-year contract when he succeeded Sir Alex Ferguson. He oversaw a torrid campaign which made Champions League qualification impossible and mustered no silverware, even after clinching the January signing of Mata from Chelsea for a club record 37.2million. Moyes did not mention any United players in the statement he released following his exit, but Mata has paid tribute to his old boss in his personal blog. He said: “Obviously I don’t want to forget that, since the beginning of the week, David Moyes is no longer our manager.“I wish him and his technical staff the best of luck in the future, and I do thank him for his continuous interest in me and his importance during my transfer to become a Manchester United player.“The season goes on, although just for three more games, which makes me kind of sad because I’m feeling really good and I would love this Premiership to last a few more weeks.”Read more Chelsea transfer news.