Juan Mata was a hero at Chelsea helping the team win the Champions League, FA Cup and the Europa League he was also the club's player of the year two years in a row but was Jose Mourinho right to sell him?
When Mourinho makes a decision most of the time you don't question because it turns out fine - but many Chelsea fans were outraged at the decision to sell Mata to Manchester United but nobody understood why the Special One made the decision.
Mourinho told his attacking three they must track back and defend and Eden Hazard, Oscar, Willian and Andre Schurrle have developed very well to Mourinho's orders. Mata however lacks the speed and stamina to constantly track back then hit teams on the counter attack unlike the other players in his position.
Getting a very large bid from United was a good factor in the move just short of £40 million helped fund moves for Nemanja Matic who has been brilliant in his first season without breaking the Financial fair play barriers now placed on European football.
The main factor for the transfer and its the cleverest of them all was to improve Chelsea chances of winning the title.
Selling Mata to United in form is foolish but the reason they are struggling in the transition period is why it works perfectly. Chelsea have already played the big teams and have to collect points from them but Chelsea's biggest rival for the title Manchester City play United Tuesday with the amount of quality on show from both teams there is no doubt Mata can contribute to set up Robin van Persie or Wayne Rooney.
If United can get three points or even a draw it takes pressure off Chelsea at the top while City will believe its a wasted opportunity.
Chelsea have not missed Mata like everybody predicted because Hazard has stepped up as the new face of Chelsea and the link up with Oscar and Willian has been sensational this season.
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