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Manchester United: Do they need Juan Mata?

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Manchester United have had a disappointing season so far under David Moyes and need to sign Chelsea playmaker Juan Mata.

Here's why: 

Strangely, Mata has fallen down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge this season and it is fairly obvious to anyone looking in from the outside that Mourinho just doesn't fancy him. Since signing for the Blues in 2011, Mata has been voted Chelsea's Player of the Season twice in succession, becoming only the fourth player to win the award in back-to-back seasons since it's inception in 1967.

In his 135 games at Chelsea, he has been credited with 33 goals and 58 assists, which makes Mourinho's choice to overlook him even more baffling, regardless of his embarrassment of riches in this area of the field.

For a number of years now, Manchester United have been crying out for a creative central midfielder, someone who can pull the strings and influence games on a regular basis. This was made even more obvious when Sir Alex Ferguson called Paul Scholes from retirement in a bid to add that spark to a lacklustre midfield. Mata would tick all of the boxes that United would be looking for.

He has played in the Premier League. He speaks fluent English, so wouldn’t have any problems adapting to the language, which has hindered many foreign players coming to this country. He can play either as a central midfielder in a straight 4-4-2 or further forward in a 4-2-3-1. These factors make him much for suited than the likes of Anders Herrera or Koke. Putting Mata in the central position of a 4-2-3-1 would be my ideal spot for him in the United team, with Wayne Rooney and Adnan Januzaj playing either side of him and Robin van Persie playing as the sole striker.

He could be the link up player which United so desperately need and would also take the burden away from Rooney to be that creative player and allow him a little more freedom cutting in from the outside. With Rooney and van Persie only playing together in a handful of games this season, the introduction of Mata would take pressure away from one when the other is missing, but when all three are fit, it would be an extremely potent attacking line-up.

United need the fear factor back at Old Trafford and with Mata providing the creativity, the Theatre of Dreams could become a frightening place to visit once again, just as it was when the United front three was Rooney, Ronaldo and Tevez.

David Moyes, you need Juan Mata. Juan Mata, you need Manchester United.

However, I think we can disregard all of the above, as why would Jose Mourinho strengthen the most successful team in Premier League history at a time when they are struggling in transition? Would you?

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