The Portuguese had been on thin ice following a disastrous start to the campaign that left United trailing their rivals in the race for a top-four finish.
"The last game he had as a manager, 5-5 [at West Brom], that was nearly the flawless end for him as a manager, and I want the players to be similar, be the kids that love to play football and go out in front of the best fans in the world".
"I said the same to these lads as I do back in Molde: work harder than them, enjoy yourselves, pass it forward, run forward, if you lose it, I don't mind as long as you work to win it back and they did".
"I'm no different to anyone else, or any other manager when you lead that team onto the pitch because it comes with the responsibility. but my job is to get the players enjoying themselves".
Writing in his weekly blog, Mata was clearly delighted with the direction United were heading in under Solskjaer, but stopped to thank Mourinho for the trophies he delivered during his first season at the club.
And in their first game since Mourinho's dismissal, United produced arguably their best display of the season with a 5-1 win over Cardiff. That's the past, I want to thank him for that.
Juan Mata says now is a time for optimism at Manchester United, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer having taken over from Jose Mourinho. "This is the question that probably no one can answer but we are sure to continue, to fight, and we try to do it".
"The performance of the team was great and we are happy that the first game of the (new) manager starts like this", he added.
'I'm actually thinking about putting my name in there, ' the former keeper said.