Juan Mata And Daley Blind Earn Their Spots In The United Squad
The pair of Juan Mata And Daley Blind were initially thought to be on their way out of Manchester United. However, Mourinho seems to have changed his mind following their impressive performances.
Jose Mourinho is believed to have changed his mind about Juan Mata and Daley Blind. The pair were supposedly on Jose Mourinho’s sell list for the summer.
However, both Blind and Mata have produced outstanding performances during Manchester United’s last few matches.
Juan Mata started Manchester United’s first 2016/17 Premier League match and even managed to open the scoring during the second half.
Speculation over Mata’s future hit an all-time high when he was subbed on and then off during Manchester United’s FA Community Shield triumph over Leicester City. Consequently, Juan Mata was linked with a £37 million switch to Goodison Park – the same amount that United bought Mata for in 2014.
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However, Mata has since been in sublime form and may have just changed Mourinho’s mind.
Daley Blind was another man who was close to facing the axe by Mourinho, but has flourished in his newly adapted role in the defense. Jose has been playing the Dutch international in United’s defense alongside new boy Eric Bailly throughout pre-season, and even during United’s first league match of the season.
Blind was originally a defender, but was adapted to play in a left back position, and then, a midfield position. Mourinho would need such a versatile player to help fill in gaps from potential injuries.
Daley Blind and Juan Mata were not the only players who had an unclear future under Jose Mourinho.
Marouane Fellaini, too, was believed to be on his way out, but he has performed as per Jose’s requirements thus far, thereby making the Portuguese’s decision that much harder.
Former Germany captain Bastian Schweinsteiger, however, does look like he will leave the club. The only reason he is still in Manchester is due to his enormous wage requirements.
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