With increasing speculation about Juan Mata's move to fierce rivals Manchester United gathering pace, Gary Neville has revealed that he doesn't think the Spaniard would be the right fit for Manchester United, according to Sky Sports.
The latest headlines reveal that David Moyes is preparing to table a £37million bid for the Chelsea outcast. Mata didn't play against United in their 3 - 1 loss to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge and is unhappy with life under Jose Mourinho.
Former Red Devil Gary Neville agrees that United, who sit seventh in the Premier League, need to bring in new faces at Old Trafford and ship out the deadwood before the transfer window closes to save their season.
However he does not think Spain international Mata would slot comfortably into the current team.
"Does he fit with what I would call the typical philosophy of Manchester United? I would say no," Neville explained.
"The first question, I think, is where are you going to play? Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie are up top if they are fit so where are you going to play him? Are you going to play him off the left or off the right?
"We've seen Kagawa play off the left, we saw Kleberson play at times off the left, we've seen Veron at Manchester United move to the left because you can't play central midfield.
"Maybe they have to change the philosophy and maybe that's what David Moyes is thinking. Maybe he wants to play narrow wide players and maybe a three in midfield.
"They would have to change to accommodate Juan Mata in the way they normally play. They normally play with wide players. Sometimes they tuck in, but generally they have wide players and the thing for me is where is he going to play?
"He's obviously a fantastic football player, there's no doubt about that, but one thing it does do, I suppose, is that David Moyes, Manchester United and Ed Woodward need to sign a big player."
It is also highly unlikely that Jose Mourinho would let one of his prized assets slip out of his hands and join the reigning champions.
Even if Juan Mata wants to leave the Blues, Mourinho might just want to ship out the midfield playmaker to another league if possible, particularly given the interest from the likes of Paris Saint-Germain.
In what has become one of the most intensely followed transfer sagas of the winter transfer window, are we about to see the first blockbuster signing of Moyes' United tenure?
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