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Juan Mata doesn't fit in at Manchester United

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Juan Mata, who joined the Red Devils in the January transfer window for a lump sum amount of £37million hasn't made a huge impact as he has been mostly played out of position.

When the transfer of Juan Mata from Chelsea to Manchester United was confirmed, Gary Neville made an important point. According to him, the Spaniard wouldn't fit into the Manchester United XI or the tactical philosophy of Manchester United as termed by him.

Speaking on Sky Sports, the former Manchester United star said: "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?"

This is exactly the problem David Moyes has been facing since the arrival of the former Chelsea man. The Scot hasn't been able to find out a way to play Rooney, Van Persie and Mata together.

Mata thrived in the central play making position at Chelsea where he would distribute the ball and pick out key passes. But that hasn't been the case since his arrival at Old Trafford.

Mata has been played on the wings and not his favoured central position, which has been acquired by Wayne Rooney and hence hasn't rejuvenated the squad like Mesut Ozil did to Arsenal when he arrived from Real Madrid in the summer.

It would be really difficult for Moyes to drop Rooney, who has been the main man for a struggling United side this season. This will leave Moyes with the only option of dropping the uninspiring Robin Van Persie if he wants to accommodate the record signing.

Moyes might not want to make the same mistake Sir Alex did with Japanese international Shinji Kagawa by playing him out wide rather than the centre. United have a pool of talent at their disposal but it is all up to Moyes to as to how he will incorporate them to bring out the best from the current crop of players.

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