Two Destinations For Manchester United’s Juan Mata To Consider
Manchester United made a sensational swap deal with Arsenal to exchange out of form Henrikh Mkhitaryan for Alexis Sanchez. This clearly means that the already out of sorts Juan Mata will fall further down the pecking order. The Manchester United faithful will mostly grant him with a chance to exit Old Trafford, smartly understanding the fact that he will mostly not have a future left.
He has a one year clause in his contract (expires this summer) which means he might get to pick where he wants to be next season before becoming a free agent. The 29-year-old joined the Red Devils four years back after not having been a part of Jose’s plan at Chelsea.
The re-united but there seemed to be no issues or fall outs between both of them. The Spaniard, who earns £140,000-a-week, hasn’t really been in top touch or the mix as he just has three assists and goals each, to his name this season in the PL. He might have featured in 25 games this season but seems to be benched when the Portuguese mastermind plays his full strength XI.
Before joining Chelsea FC seven and a half years ago, Juan Mata was a key member of the Valencia line up, scoring and assisting for them. The two time Chelsea player of the year award winner has attracted interest from his beloved former club again, who are keen on getting his signature.
The Manchester Club could face a bid earlier than expected and will surely benefit from this deal. He could add an innovative, crafty edge to the in-form Valencia side down the right, who need a reliable winger. To fight in more than two competitions and share the goalscoring burden, a 29-year-old Spaniard who has two years of his peak left in him after all that experience is a stunning bid.
Well, why not? The former champions play some exquisite, beautiful and entertaining football, and are certainly hitting the highs this season as they are seeded 7th in the table having overtaken the so-called dark horses, Burnley. Claude Puel has done his homework diligently, which is reflecting on the pitch through his players’ confidence and the structure of his side.
Juan Mata can play in behind the striker or down the right flank. Also to add, he might just be a replacement for Riyad Mahrez if the Algerian decides to leave for big money. There has been a lot of speculation regarding his future and Mata could be a fine replacement. The United playmaker might just suit their system of moving the ball quickly from defence to attack, feeding the ball early into the path of Vardy and playing high tempo, attacking football.
His defensive game and work rate has improved up a few notches over the years which is good for any side. If he were to join earlier than expected, he could help Leicester to the European qualification stages at least.