So its official – Manchester United confirmed on their website that they have reached a deal with Chelsea for the Spain midfielder Juan Mata, with the price thought to be around 37 million euros.
So its official – Manchester United confirmed on their website that they have reached a deal with Chelsea for the Spain midfielder Juan Mata, with the price thought to be around 37 million euros. Chelsea’s Player of the year for the past two seasons since he joined them from Valencia in 2011 looks set to join David Moyes’ men.
Juan Mata’s career at Chelsea:
2011-12: 54 appearances, 12 goals, Champions League winner, FA Cup winner
2012-13: 64 appearances, 20 goals, Europa League winner
2013-14: 17 appearances, 1 goal
With him coming to join the likes of Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie, we give an input on what will the Spaniard Juan Mata can bring to Old Trafford:
Mata is blessed with that ability of great vision. Even though, this season, he may not be amongst the assists column, the likes of Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney can expect to score more than they expect!
After a failure in the summer transfer window without any key names (Marouane Fellaini was a dud), Moyes has struck gold with the arrival of Juan Mata. Just like how Mesut Ozil’s arrival boosted Arsenal, the same can affect the Red Devils and somewhat lift the doom and gloom at the club.
A goal threat
Where the blue half of Manchester has scored over 100 goals in this calendar year, the red half has struggled to break the duck. With Mata’s eminent arrival, the Spaniard can spur them on to score more.
Selection headache for Moyes
Prior to the arrival of Juan Mata, manager David Moyes was lost for choice where the gaffer had no ‘quality’ to offer in the midfield. The likes of Shinji Kagawa and Anderson have struggled to offer any fluidity and Moyes did not know which will be the starting eleven. With Mata around, Moyes will know which players to pick that can offer that ‘support’ to the Spaniard.
Lift the quality
In their EPL defeat to Chelsea, Manchester United players looked lost, baffled and bottled. These were the same bunch of players that went on to win the Title last year. If Mata arrives, his mere presence can lift the quality amongst the likes of youngster Adnan Januzaj who has been a revelation for Manchester United this year.
Former manager Sir Alex Ferguson recently said that, “United can do anything. They have got that great philosophy and history, they will always do well.” He also backed David Moyes to succeed at Old Trafford. With Mata and a host of names linked with a move, surely their lost pride can now be restored.