Manchester United’s new boss, Jose Mourinho, has decided the Spaniard’s fate, reports The Mirror.
As per the report, Jose has offered Mata a role in the squad, although it is not a regular starting position. Mourinho will instead, allow Juan Mata to stay at the Red Devils only if he is okay with playing one in three games. This means that the Spaniard wouldn’t even feature in half of Manchester United’s games this season.
Juan Mata joined Manchester United in 2014, for a £37 million transfer fee. David Moyes signed the Spaniard from Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea, with Mourinho claiming that he sold Juan because the player didn’t possess the defensive qualities that he was looking for – instead opting for Oscar.
The Sun reports that Juan Mata is ready to stay and fight for his place in Jose Mourinho’s squad. Mata is determined to impress his current boss during United’s tour in China; where he hopes to convince Mourinho that he has what it takes to be a regular starter.
Since Mata joined Manchester United, he has made over 85 appearances in the Barclays Premier League, and has scored 21 goals in the process – better stats than when the Spaniard played at Chelsea.
With Barcelona and Real Madrid uninterested in Mata, it seems very unlikely that the player will be leaving the club this season. Other clubs looking to sign the player would have problems trying to meet his current £150,000 a week wage – a number that Juan himself labelled “obscene.”
It is only a matter of time before we will know for sure if Juan will remain at the club. If the 28-year-old can prove to his boss that he is worth a starting position, then we could see a possible link-up between Juan Mata, and United’s latest signing Zlatan Ibrahimović.
Should Mata not prove himself to Mourinho, then he could be faced with the prospect of playing less than 20 matches this season.