Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has explained why he chose to drop Juan Mata for the club’s match against West Brom, despite the Spaniard being fully fit and considered by many to be one of his side’s better players this season.
The Portuguese tactician instead opted to start Jesse Lingard, and many fans questioned why he opted to drop Mata despite him featuring in the win over Crystal Palace in the Red Devils’ previous game.
Manchester United winger Jesse Lingard started ahead of Juan Mata in the win over West Brom because of his pace, according to boss Jose Mourinho.
With Juan Mata having filled in for the injured Henriikh Mkhitaryan in the midweek win over Crystal Palace, Lingard’s inclusion was something of a surprise.
But Mourinho has revealed that he chooses his wide players based on the opposition.
“Lingard is a different player than Juan,” Mourinho explained, as quoted by Manchester Evening News.
“Both very good players obviously but different players. Against Palace, we thought it was more important to have Juan’s quality to hold the ball up to keep playing inside positions. (more…)
Juan Mata admits that there were some worries among his well-wishers when they got to know that the same coach was going to take charge at Man U who had dismissed him out of Stamford Bridge just months back.
But, as per Mata, he personally never had such worries and he told himself that he would keep doing the hard yards and was very confident that he would be able to keep his position despite the change of head coach.
Mata was quoted as, “Look. it’s not that Jose has dragged me to a corner and has said anything, but, being in and around the group, you sort of understand how much of a value you carry and I think I carry a lot of value for the Red Devils, not only at this moment, but, under Louis too when he was here, I had the same feeling that I had a role and a key role.”
Juan Mata and Jose Mourinho both used to work together a few years ago when they met in Stamford Bridge back in the season of 2013-14 which is the season when the Portuguese coach was appointed as the new coach of Chelsea.
Since the arrival of Jose Mourinho as the new manager of Chelsea, the influence that Juan Mata had in Stamford Bridge was significantly dropped as the Spanish midfielder went from making 30+ appearances with the blue jersey and having to settle with only 13 appearances.
It didn’t take long for Juan Mata to sign for another club as he wanted to snatch back the first team position in a team and he opted to join Manchester United, this transfer was completed on January 24 of 2014 for a fee of £37 million. Juan Mata has turned into a consistent starter for the Premier League club but things might change now that Jose Mourinho was recently appointed as the new coach of Manchester United as he replaced Louis van Gaal.
When it was officially announced to the public that Jose Mourinho was the new coach of Manchester United, rumors started to emerge suggesting that Juan Mata would need to leave Old Trafford in order for him to get consistent playing time but so far, the Spanish midfielder has performed in all 3 of the opening Premier League matches that Manchester United has played. (more…)
Juan Mata is considered a star at Manchester United.
He has a lot to share, about their current coach Louis van Gaal, about upcoming Euro 2016 and other events. Juan Mata is a 28 year old player of Spanish origin. With restaurant openings that he graces, he also reflects the team’s plans on how to improve their performance and chances at the major tournaments the upcoming season
Juan Mata has a high level of popularity and he is considered one of the nice guys of football. He was transferred to Chelsea in the year 2011 for an amount of £23.5million. Being one of the star players who are wanted in different places, it is no wonder that a new restaurant opening in Manchester wanted Juan to come in and inaugurate their restaurant. (more…)
Manchester United midfielder is disappointed with the loss to closest rival, West Ham United.
The Spain International earlier wrote that he was excited to be involved in what will be a “special” last game at West Ham’s Boleyn Ground. Having won at Norwich in their previous game, Louis Van Gaal’s side approached their penultimate Premier League game of the season knowing if they win their remaining matches, they can secure a place in next season’s Champions League competition as Manchester City had provided several opportunities with their inconsistent results
United were unbeaten against West Ham in three meetings already this season and they were hoping to burst the Hammers’ bubble as they say goodbye to their stadium at Upton Park.Marcus Rashford scored a stunning goal when United won at Upton Park in the FA Cup last month
Mata had written in his weekly blog:
“It’s going to be special.
“The last official game at the Boleyn Ground, where West Ham has been playing for 112 years. With that image of Bobby Moore, it’s a place that breathes English football… it will be an honour to be there and try to get the last win. (more…)
Juan Mata is a celebrated player of Manchester United and there are no dearth of tweets from his fans across the social media platform.
Of course, he has been instrumental in the recent win that the club had against Crystal Palace. The game ended at a score of 2-0. It was played out at Old Trafford.
This win has helped Manchester United to have hope in winning a respectable position in the Champions League. Arsenal is forth in this league and even Red Devils has come next to this team. Understandably, boss of the Manchester United team, Louis van Gaal is more critical of his plyers as he wants them to perform to their best levels. He feels that the players need to be more creative to prevent losses like the one they had against Tottenham where they were beaten 3-0. Such losses definitely bring down the points which make it harder for the team to rise up. (more…)