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Manchester United do not need £37m-rated star

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Mata has been strongly linked with United
Mata has been strongly linked with United.

The news that Manchester United are poised to bid £37m for Chelsea's out-of-favour playmaker Juan Mata has divided opinion between supporters of the reigning Premier League champions.

On one hand you have those who claim that this deal is a no-brainer. After all, Mata has shown everyone that he's a match-winner, capable of producing moments of magic in the biggest Premier League matches.

He's only 25; he's a Spain international and, crucially, he will bring goals and assists to a team desperately lacking in creativity.

While, on the other hand, you have those who believe that David Moyes and co. have more pressing concerns to address - such as recruiting a new central midfielder or three.

It's abundantly clear that the Red Devils need strengthening in multiple positions. As well as central midfield, Moyes must also sign another left-back to replace Patrice Evra and potentially a new centre-back, winger and striker, too.

The one area of the pitch where this current United side possess some degree of strength in depth is in the No. 10 position, where Wayne Rooney plays.

And when Rooney doesn't play there, Shinji Kagawa - a player who has struggled to adapt at Old Trafford but clearly contains a considerable amount of unlocked talent - does.

Add to this the fact that Moyes regards the wonderfully talented Adnan Januzaj as a future No. 10 and you begin to feel that United don't need another playmaker at all.

Some have suggested that Moyes could adjust United's formation in order to accommodate the left-footed star; but what are the chances of this actually happening?

In order to get the best out of Mata in a system which already features one of Rooney, Kagawa or Januzaj in the No. 10 role, Moyes would need to start using a significantly different system to what both he and Manchester United are alien to.

The Red Devils have enjoyed unprecedented success in England over the years playing with two traditional wingers; likewise Moyes has always relied on conventional wingers throughout his managerial career.

To suggest that United currently lack quality in the wide areas is a valid point; however, why not spend that £37m on a couple of promising wide players, stick with a system that has brought the club so much success and focus on bringing in quality in the areas which desperately need strengthening.

Mata has the feel of an unncessary luxury signing - and United would be paying way over the odds if they parted with £37m.

There's a reason why Jose Mourinho has often left him on the bench since returning to Stamford Bridge, and that's because his work-rate off the ball simply isn't up to scratch.

He's a fine player, yes, but not the player Manchester United need most.

The Red Devils have never spent over £35m on a player in their history - and it seems ludicrous that they would break their transfer record on someone they want rather than need.

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