Juan Mata is just the signing Manchester United need to save their season - according to Hull City boss Steve Bruce.
The Red Devils are on the verge of finalising a deal for the Spaniard for a fee believed to be in the region of £40 million.
The arrival of the two-time Chelsea player of the season couldn't come at a better time for Manchester United following their Capital One Cup penalty defeat against Sunderland last night.
The defeat compounds a miserable start to life under boss David Moyes, who is under fire after overseeing the Red Devils' worst start to a season in 12 years,
Bruce, who made over 400 appearances for Manchester United between 1987 and 1996, and led the club to their first ever Premier League title win back in 1993, believes the impending arrival of Mata is just the boost the club need to get their season up and running.
"It's just at the right time, it is needed, a big, quality signing," he told TalkSPORT.
"If you remember Manchester United losing the league to Man City 18 months ago, the one thing Alex Ferguson did then was go against the grain a little bit and paid a huge amount of money for Robin van Persie and he had an immediate on the squad and lifted everybody around the place.”
The former United skipper also believes the return of injured strike duo Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie in the coming weeks will also provide a timely boost for the ailing champions.
"In my opinion, you are only as good as your strikers and when you have van Persie and Rooney in your team then you can win a match out of nothing," he added. "That's what makes the big players.
"The little big of magic from Rooney and van Persie can make the difference and he has been without them for weeks on end. Added to that, his big summer signing Marouane Fellaini has got injured too and he also gives them something different."
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