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Mata reveals he is fully committed to United

Manchester United playmaker Juan Mata has revealed that he is fully committed to the club and has rubbished talks about him potentially leaving the Red Devils, according to a report on GOAL.

With the addition of Alexis Sanchez to the United squad, it looks like Mata will be the one to be dropped to the bench by manager Jose Mourinho for the remainder of the season.

Juan Mata's contract is expiring at the end of the season. (picture: manutd.com)
Juan Mata’s contract is expiring at the end of the season. (picture: manutd.com)

However, the Spaniard can still expect to be heavily involved with United still challenging in the Premier League, UEFA Champions League and the FA Cup and he himself is remaining positive about the remainder of the season.

He said:

Being part of this club is something very special and I can assure you that I keep enjoying every single game like I did with my debut against Cardiff. I’ll never stop thanking you for your support day after day. Thanks to you, being part of this club is really special.

Mata has been linked with a move back to the Spanish La Liga and with his contract expiring in the summer, his future seems uncertain.

United are yet to offer him a 12-month extension option which is in his contract and could lose him for free but the player himself is eager to continue playing for the club.

Mata has hit form in recent months and has been linking up well alongside Jesse Lingard and Romelu Lukaku, which has been pleasing to see for the United fans.

Moreover, Mata will be itching to play as much as possible to ensure he plays a role for the Spain national team in the upcoming World Cup in Russia.

Jose Mourinho set to make shock move for Mesut Ozil!

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho wants to sign Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil in the January transfer window, with the German international set to leave the Emirates, according to a report on the Independent.

Ozil’s contract with Arsenal expires in the summer but Arsenal would rather sell Ozil for money in January than lose him for free at the end of the season.

Mourinho is reportedly interested in a reunion with Ozil following their time working together in Spain at Real Madrid.

If the Red Devils fail to secure his signing in January, then it is understood that Mourinho will make a move in the summer where Ozil will have the freedom of choice to decide his next destination.

Manchester United are being strongly linked with a move for the German. (picture: independent.co.uk)
Manchester United are being strongly linked with a move for the German. (picture: independent.co.uk)

Arsenal have been working tirelessly to persuade the German to sign a contract extension with the North London club but so far, their efforts have failed.

Mourinho and Ozil had a healthy relationship during their spell at Real Madrid and the Portuguese manager has always been on good terms with the attacking midfielder.

Mourinho is a fan of Ozil’s tactical ability but the interest in Ozil has raised questions over the futures of current united attackers Juan Mata and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

Personally, I’m not in favour of a move for Ozil as I feel that we have achieved the perfect balance between our midfield and attack. Also, Mata and Mkhitaryan have been hugely impressive at the start of this season and have been creating numerous amounts of chances for our forwards.

The addition of Ozil may take away the flow away from our attacking play, however, their is no doubt that he is a class player but I not so sure he can replicate his form for United that he had at Real Madrid.

What do you think?

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Mata more suited to United than Chelsea says Mourinho

United manager Jose Mourinho believes that Juan Mata is far better suited to his United set up than he was with his set up at Chelsea.

Mourinho allowed an unhappy Mata to leave Chelsea and join United back in January 2014 for a club-record £37.1m; despite the Spandiard being voted player of the year for the previous season.

Mata hasn’t been a regular starter this season under Mourinho but he was afforded a chance to show his worth when Wayne Rooney was dropped for the game against Leicester.

Mata slipped into Rooney’s number 10 position and impressed with a tidy, well taken goal and an assist.

Mourinho claims he did not want to sell Mata when he was at Chelsea but insists the attacking midfielder fits in well with the style of football he is implementing at United.

“First of all, I didn’t sell him.

“My job is not to buy and sell. My job is to coach, to work on the pitch and to advise my board about the transfer policy.

“Secondly, it was Juan that asked to leave and when a player asks to leave, I think always you have to think twice.

“And the third point is that my idea for football with the squad and objectives we had at Chelsea is one thing, and the squad I have at Man United and the profile and what I try to do with this club is a completely different situation.

“So Juan at Chelsea in my project was one player, and Juan in my project at Man United is another thing.”

Juan Mata will be very pleased with his performance against Leicester and will be confident of retaining his place in the side in the coming weeks; keeping Rooney on the bench.

Juan Mata, Should he stay or should he go?

The arrival of Jose Mourinho to Manchester United has brought a smile back onto the faces of the United faithful, the type of smile we have never really been able to muster up since the days of Sir Alex Ferguson. However there is one individual at the club who may not be smiling so much, and that individual is of course Juan Mata.

Having played under Mourinho back at Chelsea, The Spaniard fell out of favour with the Portuguese who was said to be unimpressed with the attackers work rate and instead opted for Oscar.

More is expected of Juan Mata

Since joining United back in January 2014, Mata has divided opinion amongst the supporters. Yes he had his moments, most notably back in March 2015 against Liverpool, at Anfield, netting 2 decisive goals. But more often than not he has failed to deliver the goods for the club on a consistent basis. By no means has Mata been a flop, we just expected so much more.

Mata looks dissatisfied after being subbed by Mourinho at Chelsea (Picture: metro.co.uk)
Mata looks dissatisfied after being subbed by Mourinho at Chelsea (Picture: metro.co.uk)

Former head coach Louis Van Gaal’s somewhat defensive tactics and opting to play the Spaniard in an unfamiliar position on the wings admittedly haven’t helped matters. Mata isn’t and never was a natural winger, his much preferred position on the field was in the 10 behind the striker and we have never really seen Mata given a proper run of games in that position.

Mata deserves first team football

So should Juan Mata remain at Manchester United this season? Hand on heart, No he shouldn’t. You can’t help feel that Mourinho’s previous relationship with Mata ­­will and already be an issue between the pair. Ask yourself this: would Juan Mata get into Jose Mourinho’s starting eleven? The answer would be unfortunately no.

For a player like Mata not to be playing week in week out is a crying shame, not only for us but for football in general. He can create pieces of magic on the football pitch in an instant, show beautiful flair on the ball and create poetry-like passing. He is a footballer that needs first team football, not a seat on the substitutes’ bench.

Give us your thoughts in the comment section below.

Barcelona to tempt Manchester United’s Juan Mata away this summer

With the announcement that Jose Mourinho is Manchester United’s new manager, Mata’s future at the club is in question.

In Jose Mourinho’s time at Stamford Bridge, he decided to allow Juan Mata to go to Old Trafford at ease which sparks the question whether he’ll let go of the Spaniard as easily this time round.

Barcelona, the La Liga giants, have been heavily linked with Mata for some time now and as he’ll now be under Mourinho’s United, that might tempt the 28-year-old to make the move.

Mundo Deportivo have reported that Barcelona are looking to strengthen their squad this season to try and gain European victory in the Champions League next season.

The Nou Camp already boasts impressive talent under the likes of world class stars Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar.

Juan Mata has impressive stats himself which have impressed Barcelona such as his 89% pass accuracy and his FA Cup final goal really put him into their high priority of summer transfer targets.

Unfortunately, he wasn’t included in the Euro 2016 squad for Spain so is desperate to get back to winning ways which the move to Spain could offer him.

Mata looks dissatisfied after being subbed by Mourinho at Chelsea (Picture: metro.co.uk)
Mata looks dissatisfied after being subbed by Mourinho at Chelsea (Picture: metro.co.uk)
History may repeat itself again as Sportsmail has reported that his advisors are set to discuss Mata’s future at United with Mourinho to make sure he still has an active role – this is the same action that took place two years ago before Mata was sold to Manchester United.

The £37.1 million transfer from Chelsea is desperate to stay at the club and has shown this with his passionate display at Wembley in the FA Cup final.

Mata is currently in Catalonia, fuelling the rumours that he is considering the move back to Spain.

As Mata is back under Mourinho’s wing, could history repeat itself? Will he make the move to the Spanish giants? Do you want him to stay at the club?
Comment below and let us know!

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Adnan Januzaj – Could He Be The Man To Answer LVG’s SOS?

Adnan Januzaj…remember him? You know, the 20-year-old Belgian wonderkid. Yes, of course you do. Well, he’s back, and ready to answer Louis Van Gaal’s SOS (Save Our Season).

It’s been a bit of a roller-coaster ride for Adnan Januzaj since he broke into the first team squad in 2013. An unused substitute in Sir Alex Ferguson’s final game for the club, the youngster became the one major plus point of David Moyes’ ill-fated reign the season following, with some even claiming that he could be the new Cristiano Ronaldo (well, that was me). However, it is fair to say that since Louis Van Gaal took over at the club his progress has been, well, mooted at best.

Used sparingly during Van Gaal’s first season in charge, Januzaj actually began this campaign by starting four of the opening five fixtures, scoring the winner against Aston Villa in the second game of the season. However, after a disappointing 45 minutes against Club Brugge in the Champions League Second Leg Qualifier, LVG decided to let the club’s new number 11 leave on loan and he headed to Germany to join Borussia Dortmund (despite much Premier League interest). Later, Van Gaal admitted that he would have preferred it if Januzaj had stayed in England, hinting that had he joined a ‘lesser club’, his opportunities may have been more frequent. As it turns out, on this occasion, he was right.

It is fair to say that Januzaj’s time in Dortmund has been a disaster. With only three starts, all of which came in the Europa League, United have made a collective decision that recalling the attacker would be the best option, and it could prove to be a timely addition. After all, Januzaj is a favourite amongst the fans having risen through the ranks and it is no secret that the club likes to see ‘one of their own’ go on to achieve success.

Januzaj can be one of those frustrating figures. It is plain to see that he has bags of potential, potential that could see him turn into a truly great player if he is nurtured right. Arguably, LVG halted that progress last season with his reluctance to utilise him. However, it is no secret that attacking options are at an all-time low right now, with Anthony Martial and Wayne Rooney the only experienced attackers in the squad. Currently, Juan Mata is the man preferred on the right wing, with Martial on the left and Rooney playing down the middle. Mata, in my humble opinion, is wasted on the right with a lack of pace and a natural instinct that often sees him drift towards the middle. Januzaj, however, on the right wing, coupled with Marital on the left, would offer pace on both flanks.

Currently, United have scored only 24 league goals in 20 games. Januzaj may not score bags of goals (although he can certainly chip in), but he can create. I, for one, applaud the decision to bring him back to the club. I only hope that he is given the opportunity to elevate himself and this weekends game against Sheffield United could be the perfect stepping stone.