Manchester United’s appointment of Jose Mourinho as the new manager raised doubts over the future of Juan Mata at the club. The Spaniard was sold by the Portuguese earlier during the duo’s time together at Chelsea. The same was expected when Mourinho became the new Old Trafford supremo.
However, Mata’s exit from Old Trafford doesn’t look likely to happen soon as Mourinho wants to give him a chance to impress first. The former Chelsea, Real Madrid manager has indicated his desire of giving every player at Manchester United a chance to prove their worth before taking any decision on them, as reported by Mike Keegan of MailOnline.
“While Mata may not be the multi-functional footballer Mourinho features, he is expected to remain at the club. The news will delight Mata, who sought assurances about his future after Mourinho’s appointment. He has settled well in Manchester and has immersed himself in the city.” Keegan wrote.
Despite having a terrible season under Louis Van Gaal, Juan Mata was the main creative force behind United’s attack last season. The Spaniard created a total of 53 chances for his team, which is more than Wayne Rooney (42) or Anthony Martial (36), the players behind him on the list. Naturally, United’s new recruit Henrikh Mkhitaryan beats Mata by quite a distance at 83, according to Squawka.
Mata’s skill on the ball and his vision on the field is not something which concerns Mourinho. It’s his off the ball role and his defensive ability which does. The Portuguese manager is known for trusting players with more intensity on the field, which Mata certainly lacks. Although this could be something he could improve on and prove to Mourinho this time around.
Even if Mata is retained at Old Trafford, the 28-year-old must know that with big-name players like Mkhitaryan, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Rooney and Ander Herrera available for selection, he won’t be featured in the first-team squad regularly under Mourinho.
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