Juan Mata has reached an agreement with new Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho over the midfielder’s future at the club. Mata who reportedly earns £140,000 has been the subject of intense transfer rumours in the last few weeks.
The pair were said to have had a meeting to discuss the future of the Spaniard in which Mata was told that he would not be picked as first choice by Mourinho.
The midfielder’s future at Old Trafford has been under intense scrutiny ever since the arrival of his former boss Jose Mourinho with the likes of Everton showing keen interest in taking the player on board. However it seems for the time being Mata is happy to remain where he is.
Mata is understood to have accepted the fact that he will not be named as a first team regular under the Portuguese and that he is willing to be used as a squad player until January at least where both parties will then review the situation once more.
The Spaniard looks set to miss out on a place in the starting eleven against Hull City at the KC Stadium this Saturday evening with new club signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan set to deputise on the right hand side of midfield.
With Manchester United looking to compete all four fronts this season, Mata will no doubt still get his opportunities to impress Mourinho as he looks to mix and change up his squad for each of the four competitions. With the Portuguese having numerous options to choose from going forward there is the likelihood too that Mata will get a chance to shine in his favoured number ten position, not out on the flanks.
Thus far Juan Mata has failed to live up to expectations at Old Trafford with the midfielder looking a shadow of the player we all witnessed blossom at Stamford Bridge. Whilst he has more often than not been played out of position on the wing it still doesn’t disguise the fact that Mata has still proved to be a real disappointment, with only real highlight of his United career been his match winning display against Liverpool at Anfield back in March 2015, where Mata scored twice in a 2-1 victory.
The Spaniard will have a tough challenge on his hands becoming a regular first team player at Manchester United especially now. Mourinho clearly feels Mata doesn’t tick all of the boxes required to become a first choice for him. His work rate on the pitch and lack of tracking back was rumoured to be the main reasoning why Mourinho sold Mata back in his Chelsea days and you get the feeling that the pair’s relationship will probably never be fixed.