Detention in school normally involves sitting in a room in complete silence, staring at the clock for an hour, maybe even having a think about what you did or arguably didn't do wrong. You may even be expected to write about why your behaviour was inappropriate 100 times over or complete the most mundane of tasks.
However, Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata seems to have a slightly different interpretation of how detention should be spent and has one particular reason in mind as to why he would like to be in detention with a certain member of his squad.
The player he named was defender Eric Bailly, and the reason - to teach him Spanish! Mata has joked that he is planning to offer the Ivorian centre-back some help in learning the language so that the pair can communicate better on the pitch.
When asked which of his current teammates he would most like to spend detention with if they were at school, Mata told The Premier League (via The Sport Review): “I would say, Eric Bailly.
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“I would teach him to speak better Spanish, he’s OK at the minute, but he needs more lessons.”
The humorous remark made my Mata may come as a surprise to fans as Bailly arrived from Spanish side
Villarreal in the summer. The 22-year-old was Jose Mourinho's first signing and has been a regular part of the Red Devils back line this season.