Juan Mata
Juan Mata has scored five Premier League goal this season Reuters

Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick has praised the impact made by Juan Mata during his first year at the club, claiming the Spanish "magician" is proving to a be a "terrific player" at Old Trafford.

The Spain international swapped Stamford Bridge for Old Trafford during the January transfer window in 2014 after falling out of favour with Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho in the first part of the last campaign.

Having won the Chelsea player of the season award in his previous two years at the west London club, leading the Blues to successive Europa League and Champions League triumphs, United's then manager David Moyes agreed to break the club's record transfer fee by paying £37.1m to the Blues to secure his services.

The Spaniard has scored 11 goals and provided eight assists in 35 appearances at Manchester United since his arrival to the club on 25 January last year.

"He's just a little magician, isn't he? So clever and with so much ability – he's a pleasure to watch," Carrick said to MUTV.

"Playing against him over the years, I knew how good he was and we see it in training every day; some of the things he does really stand out. That left foot of his can open up any defence and, despite having such a slight physique, he's a terrific player."

But apart from his contribution in the ground, Carrick reveals Mata has also become into a crucial player in the dressing room.

The former Chelsea star has helped Spanish summer signings Angel Di Maria, Radamel Falcao, Marcos Rojo and Ander Herrera in their adaptation to the Premier League.

"I have to say he's such a nice lad. He speaks English very well and is very intelligent," the vice-captain said.

"He's even had a little job of translating [for the Spanish contingent] this year!"