David Moyes has been on the hunt for a marquee signing since he took over from Sir Alex Ferguson as the manager of Manchester United and on Saturday the 25th of January, he may have got his signing.
Juan Mata, Chelsea’s player of the season for the past two years was looking for a way out of Stamford Bridge. Since Jose Mourinho’s arrival, the Spaniard has cut a frustrated figure on the bench with the Portuguese manager preferring Oscar in the number 10 role.
Many didn’t think the transfer would actually happen. Mata was looking for a new challenge in his career and was keen to play on a regular basis and Manchester United were crying out for more creativity from their floundering midfield. The two just fitted together perfectly.
…Manchester United are struggling in seventh place…
It may have taken £37million, but it is a sign that even though Manchester United are struggling in seventh place, they can still attract world class players and they intend to be back at the top.
Mata has been one of the most creative midfielders since his arrival in English football. The former Valencia star has 18 goals, 27 assists and has created 227 chances for his team mates. Only David Silva has been more creative than the 25-year-old. So with his creativity, can the little Spaniard save Manchester United’s season. David Moyes certainly hopes so.
…Moyes has a very welcomed problem…
Mata will definitely help United in the final third. His ability to spot a pass and play in a team-mate will come as a much welcome relief as so far this season, United’s midfield has struggled with any creativity. The only problem Moyes faces is how he plays Mata, Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie in the same team together and playing at their best. Throw in Adnan Januzaj and Moyes has a very welcomed problem.
Several Chelsea fans and opposing managers are wondering why Mourinho would sell one of their best players to a direct rival but £37million for someone that doesn’t fit into his system is not bad business.
…Mata will give them a massive boost when they come up against their rivals…
Mourinho prefers to use Oscar, Eden Hazard and Willian in the three attacking positions behind the striker. He feels that these three do more for the team than what Mata does. Oscar has made the second most tackles in the whole of Chelsea’s team and Willian has the work-rate that Mourinho requires of his attacking trio. Hazard may not work as hard as the others but he has the ability to change a game on his own and is one of the best attacking midfielders in the world. Another theory is that Chelsea have already played Manchester United twice this season and giving United a player like Mata will give them a massive boost when they come up against their rivals, enhancing Chelsea’s chances of Premiership glory.
Whether the transfer will be enough to see United finish in the top four remains to be seen. It’s a start to their rebuilding process but other areas in the team need addressing. Their defence has been vulnerable and they lack real quality in central midfield. Once those areas have been taken care of, then Manchester United will be a force again.